Project Based Learning Math Problem Solving: Holiday Feast Project (PBL)

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Are you looking for higher level math problem based learning/problem solving activities to use with your students? Do you want flexibility—a math resource that can be used with small enrichment groups or can be tiered so you can use it with your entire class…but at different levels? Do you want your students' problem solving, thinking creatively, writing and talking about math, and working collaboratively? Do you want them working on math in “real world” contexts?

This may be just what you are looking for!

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For years, I have wished and hoped for a resource that would provide my students with high quality, open ended tasks to allow them to apply what they learn to real world situations. Guess what? They are hard to find! So I thought and I thought…and finally the idea for a flexible, high level series of problems came to me. They can be used whole class…with enrichment groups…for fast finishers…or even in different ways with different students. This version is PERFECT for use around Thanksgiving or Christmas (neither holiday is explicitly mentioned) as it asks students to use the information presented to budget time and food to plan out the meal preparations. There are lots of factors to consider--this is not a fill-in-the-blank resource!

Each resource is based on a different real world theme--like planning a holiday feast--and students need to use the "Math by the Numbers" posters (available in full color to laminate for centers and in black and white for easy copying) to work on a multiple step, open ended project. The activity is tiered so that the same activity is available at different levels. Not only that, but you get additional math practice sheets (also tiered), suggestions for math discussions, extension activities, and more!

I don't think you will be disappointed--and more products in the series are on their way! This version focuses on elapsed time, basic fraction concepts, reading tables, and multi-step problem solving. It is ideal for grades 3 and 4 and could be used in other grade levels at your discretion. I hope you enjoy it--and the flexibility it offers you.

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Looking for more Thinker Task resources? Here is the complete list!

The Amusement Park Problem

Back to School Shopping Problem

Holiday Feast Problem

A Sleepover Problem

A Valentine Celebration Problem

A Fundraising Problem

A Bundle of All 7 Tasks!
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