Project Based Learning Math and Research - Run a Pizza Restaurant Activities

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I loved having this activity for some of my gifted students. It was a great way to enrich them with real world situations!
I used this resource with great success with my ELL class! It was my first time using PBL, and the response from my students was very positive!
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Everyone loves pizza! Your students can open and run their own pizza restaurant. This student-centered project based learning math and research unit incorporates collaboration and differentiation by giving student choice. This OPEN A PIZZA RESTAURANT real-life challenge requires students to use inquiry, critical thinking, and their creative minds during the high-interest cross-curricular [math, social studies, ELA] activities. Students integrate digital learning into the project as they investigate cultures, diversity, and complete their final product. These young entrepreneurs will learn about basic economics as they complete the project based learning project.

This PBL Open a Pizza Restaurant unit incorporates 21st Century skills with challenging, engaging, and creative activities.


  • I Wonder - asking questions
  • Take a survey to learn about favorite pizza toppings. Record results
  • Choose a name, logo, and slogan for your pizza restaurant
  • Design a store front (use my template or design your own)
  • Create your own business plan (company overview)
  • Interview an owner or manager of a pizza restaurant
  • Design a flyer to advertise your pizzeria. (This can be done on the computer or on a blank sheet of paper.) Make sure to include important info about your restaurant.
  • Create coupons for your pizza restaurant.
  • Plan a menu for your business. – Students can even create their own design after using this template as a rough draft. Learn about the history of pizza and compare menus of different pizzerias.
  • Plan social media for your pizzeria.
  • Create your own pizza.
  • Mini-pizza recipe – can be used for culminating activity with parents.
  • Use a spreadsheet to take orders.
  • Word problems (use my menu to answer the questions
  • Pizza Game

Teachers love this activity because it can easily be adapted for enrichment or gifted students in other grade levels.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "A-MAZ-ING! I cannot wait to try this! Very comprehensive and I love all of the elements from creating your own pizza store with logos and marketing it. My son (who is in another Grade 5 class) asked if he could join my class when we do this lesson. That's how good it is."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Fun unit with ample opportunities for creativity and flexibility. It is a great way to tape into those "collaborative/group" skills that all students benefit from using an idea of a "real world problem" is truly interesting."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This was the culminating project for a unit on economics with my students. I did adapt it a little, but we really enjoyed using all the resources, making pizza and creating a business where we sold items to the school! Money handling, making change, being a cashier, taking orders, helping set up, marketing, all kinds of positions were held. The students used teamwork and loved using their imaginations to create their businesses."



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