PBL Maker Challenge: Dinner Party on a Budget Project for High School

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Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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15 pages
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If I remember correctly, I used this resource before there was a digital option. My students were engaged and had a lot of fun planning for this party.
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This life skills math resource is a great budget project for high school students. It is fun, and engaging, and it has already been created for you! All you have to do is share the resource and enjoy guiding students through the experience!

This experience asks students to develop menus for a hypothetical dinner party under a set budget. 

Students will brainstorm creative money-saving tricks when it comes to food, research recipes, tweak recipes to work for a large party, work with community experts, create a budget-friendly menu, and share their product with an authentic audience.

What to Know About this Resource:

  • Because this is a project-based learning lesson plan with an emphasis on design thinking, students also develop soft skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • The topic itself (meal budgeting) is real-world and relevant to students, keeping them engaged in the activity throughout the experience.
  • This life skills project is low-prep and free as long as students have access to a computer and the internet. Students will lead; you will facilitate.
  • This is not a cooking project unless you want it to be. Students are not expected to cook their meals. They will create a menu that could be used by their authentic audience.
  • This resource includes a PDF printable version and a digital, Google Slides version.

This resource includes:

  • Teacher guide - the teacher guide assists beginner project-based educators through the entire process from start to finish so that you can be confident in the facilitation process and focus your energy on the kids.
  • Student guide - the guides walk students through this project so precisely that students could execute the entire experience independently if you need them to.
    • Ideation: Exploring money-saving tricks
    • Prototype: Developing a menu based on budgeting tricks
    • Budget Templates: Walks students through developing and maintaining a budget
    • Final Product Planner
  • Learning Reflection questions
  • Project Rubric

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Total Pages
15 pages
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