Plan a Birthday Party PBL Math Task

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2nd - 4th
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Engage your students in this real world math scenario, in which they will utilize multiple math skills to plan their own birthday party! Students will be begging you to continue working on this fun and motivating math task! This multi-day activity will stimulate your students' logical problem solving skills, while creating a budget and planning out everything they'll need for a great birthday party. While planning and budgeting for their party, students will use addition and subtraction with regrouping, along with multiplication skills. After they have their party all planned out, they will use their knowledge of elapsed time to create a schedule for the day.

This activity can easily be differentiated for different ability level learners! Included with this product is a 4 day plan for how to easily implement this activity into your daily schedule!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.


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