Run A Taco Truck, Project Based Learning (PBL) For Print or Distance Learning

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Welcome to the TACO TRUCK business! More and more food trucks are becoming high priorities in the eating world. Whether it’s a lunch crowd or a spot by a concert, food trucks are in high demand. Plus, the food isn’t just’s great. Now students can create their own business using math skills (decimals, area, and perimeter) to make taco trucks become a reality. This'll be supreme!


There is a link to a Google Slides Version. Details below.

*This resource can be used for distance learning and e-learning.*

Run A Taco Truck is a project based learning activity that puts all the job responsibilities in the hands of the students. This project based learning activity focuses on pushing students to create and design while using math skills, applying problem solving techniques, and collaborating with others. It allows for easy differentiation, so students can work at a pace they will be successful at. There are steps and procedures to assist students through this project, but the work and results will be determined by their ideas that each students adds.

With this resource students WILL CREATE a personalized taco menu and miniature 3D version of a taco truck, along with a business they can call their own. By the end of this project each student will create an absolutely unique business based on their own ideas, imagination, and application of skills. No two taco trucks will be the same.

The project is broken into three sections:

1. START- UP: Create and Design the business from scratch.

The project begins by throwing students into the start-up world of running a business.

Students will create a restaurant title, design logos, and create important marketing options to help make the business visible.These design elements will be used in future sections including the menu, food truck.


Students will build their menu for creating the ultimate tacos. This includes picking shell types, condiments, meats or veggies, and anything else. The menu will be completely individualized based on student choices. As students create their menu they will price all items. YOU (the teacher) have the option of including decimals or not, based on where your students are. Once the menu is complete, students will fill complete orders from other students, which includes finding total prices for each taco/purchase order.

An EXAMPLE of the to-do list for this section includes:

First: Directions

Read ALL the directions! Not just for the first page, but for EVERY page.


List food options that could be on your menu. Work with classmates, do research, and find some unique foods to add.


Make your final food decisions and begin creating your menu with the four KEY areas. Include prices for every single item.


You will be making three different tacos, each with more ingredients added. Then you will find the total cost of each.


Create two DESIGNER Tacos. These tacos will each have at least EIGHT ingredients. Give them a name and find their total price.


Classmates will stop by your taco truck menu and order.

You will need to find the total price for the tacos they ordered.

Seventh: Design the Menu

OPTIONAL: Design a menu with EVERY SINGLE ITEM on it-- with prices.

You may use the provided papers or create your own version.

3. BUILD THE TRUCK: Create a 3D taco truck, focuses on AREA and PERIMETER.

Students will design a 3D model of their taco truck using properties of area/perimeter/geometry. This includes step by step instructions for designing the interior of the truck. Students also have the option of adding in 3D items inside the trucks (if time permits).


6 About this Resource & Instructions

9 Cover Page & Intro

11 Section One: Start-Up

12 Business Name, Logo & Design (two versions to choose from)

14 Slogans, Hours, and Problems You Could Face

15 Section Two: Making the Menu

17 Brainstorm

18 Picking the Menu and Pricing

20 Building Tacos (decimals)

21 Designer Tacos (adding with decimals)

22 Taking Student Orders (students find totals and costs)

27 Taking Orders, Secret Menu

30 Design the Menu

36 Section Three, Building the Truck

41 Rough Draft

42 Final Version

46 Taco Truck Size, Area and Perimeter

49 Building Appliances and Furniture

52 Exterior and Extras

54 Teacher Rubrics and Student Reflections

58 Visuals for creating the taco truck

70 Extra sheets that don't include decimals (these can replace sheets in THE MENU



What you need to get started:

1. Download Link for the Google Slide Product

2. Have access to the Internet and a Google Account. (FREE)

3. Open the file on your own Google Drive and engage while in the edit mode.

4. Printer access to print out the finished product. (OPTIONAL).

Beginning your Google Slides Project:

Before you begin editing/filling in your project, it is VERY important to first make a copy of the file, on your own Google Drive.

Once you make a copy of the original file it will enable you to edit it and make any changes.

After creating a copy of the resource you can decide which slides you would like to include and which ones to delete before you assign this as an assignment.


Run A Taco Truck pushes students to create a viable business that includes three individual sections; start-up, the menu, and the truck. These three sections, when connected, allow for students to apply multitude of skills and concepts into a project that connects with the world around us. A few of these skills (but not limited to) involve decimals, money, area, and perimeter. This project also allows students to work within their own learning levels to create a project that is entirely unique.

This PBL activity focuses on the real-world application of math concepts used in building and designing businesses, while practicing problem-solving skills (which are one of the most sought after skills in the work force today), collaboration, and using their imagination.

Materials Needed:

-computer paper

-card stock (optional for the

house building)

-crayons and colored pencils


-tape and glue

Measuring Units (truck):

The measurement used for this project will be a single unit per cube. You may choose to increase complexity by making each cube worth more. Use this with students to easily differentiate.

Example: 1 square = 3 units or 1 square = 5 units

There are no feet, yard, or meters.

Optional Materials:

-books or magazines on food trucks

-videos that show food trucks

-videos on running a business, money aspect

-menus from restaurants

Time Frame:

The time frame for completing this project will vary. If you are planning on completing it in a week, give 45-60 minutes per day--but it still could take longer.

Time can vary based on many factors. One area that may take longer is creating the truck. Once students understand how it works, they might want to try and take them to another level (which is encouraged).

Encourage Creativity

Push your students to try new ideas. At the beginning they may be hesitant, but encourage them to try new ideas. There are unlimited options in the project.

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