This project is designed to be a cumulative activity for students to complete after a proportional relationships unit. Skills in this unit include unit rates, unit rates with complex fractions, proportional vs. nonproportional relationships, constant of proportionality, and more. This project can be given over the course of a couple of days or you can split each task up into a separate day. In this project, students will complete different tasks that relate to designing their own dream party. The project is spit into seven different sections that are outlined below:
1) Describe Your Party – The first part of this activity is used to create student buy in. Students will come up with the type of party that they are having (I usually brainstorm ideas as a group to help generate some unique ideas) and describe some of the general details.
2) Guest List– Students will create a list of 5-30 people that they want to invite to their party. They will use their total number of guests to solve problems in part three.
3) Table and Chair Rentals – Students will calculate the unit rates of chair and table costs. They will then calculate the total cost of chair and table rentals for their individual party.
4) Decorations– Students will answer questions related to streamers and tablecloths. Their calculations will include unit rates with complex fractions.
5) Food – Students will be given three different catering companies to choose for their party. Using their choice, they will create a table of values, a graph, and will determine whether or not the cost of the catering company shows a proportional relationship.
6) DJ – Students will need to choose their top three choices for a DJ. They will need to determine what the DJ charges per hour by identifying the constant of proportionality.
7) Gift Bags – Students will create a gift bag to give out at the party. Using their selections, they will answer a variety of questions related to proportional relationships.
In order to make this project more appealing to students, each page has information that the student MUST complete about their own party. As a result, no two students’ work will be exactly the same. It is for this reason that there is no answer key to this particular product.
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