This is a fun 2 day math project that requires students to use simple multiplication and addition to plan a holiday or thanksgiving dinner for 8 people. Students will also create frequency tables, bar graphs, and dot plots from data about their class choices. There is also a short writing assignment for students to tell what they learned from planning the dinner.
This is a great project for 3rd or 4th Grade. There are no decimal numbers. All numbers are whole numbers. It would also be a nice extension project for 2nd graders who need a challenge!
My class worked on this project in the days right before Thanksgiving. They loved getting a chance to plan out their own meal, and I loved that they were doing math at the same time! I have included headings with “Holiday” and “Thanksgiving,” you can use it around Christmas or Thanksgiving.
We worked through the steps together step-by-step, but you could also just give the directions and have students work on their own. When we were creating the class graphs, we surveyed the class by raising hands to save time.
The planning part could also be used as a home project, and then come back as a class to complete the graphs.
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I hope you and your students enjoy this engaging activity as much as we did!