Engage your students in this holiday feast task appropriate for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Your students will need to plan the meal, create a shopping list, calculate how much to prepare, make it all fit within the budget, and get it prepared in time. Your students will work with all operations, telling time, money, decimals, fractions, etc. This is a longer task that will probably take more than one math period.
The Task: Right before the holidays, your parents had to leave town for a few days to help your grandparents. They promised to be home before the holiday meal, but it’s up to you to plan everything.
1. Look through Mom’s cookbook and plan your meal. You will need to plan the entire holiday feast. So start by deciding what you will serve.
2. Create a shopping list that includes the amount of each item that you need to buy.
3. Figure out how much it will cost you at the grocery store.
4. Plan out a schedule for preparing the meal. Make sure that you can have everything ready by 5:00 p.m.
Plus, mom keeps sending you texts to clarify what you need to do. It’s a big mathematical task, but you can do it!
Print one for each group of 4-5 students:
Task and directions page
Print out of the texts from Mom containing more information
Mom’s recipe book
Store Sale Ad
Print for each student:
Plan Your Feast-What will you cook? How much will you need to cook?
Shopping List- List all of the ingredients according to departments in the store and figure out the total amount and cost of each item. Can you keep this under budget?
Preparing the Meal-Schedule your preparation so the meal Is ready on time
Idea for Implementation
Appropriate for grades 4-5.