Purpose and Rationale:
Students need to be exposed to skills that are not only needed in learning process and being successful in school, but students need to acquire skills that will help them be efficient in the real world. Through this instructional process, students will be exposed to creating a plan, budget, and shopping for a family meal. All three components are real-life skills that every student will need one day. Sometimes we fail to prepare students for the basic every day or every month tasks that “grown-ups” have to face, like making a budget, and shopping for groceries. Often times, these everyday practices, planning, budgeting, and shopping, are overlooked. This plan allows students the opportunity to write a plan, create a budget, and follow the plan and budget through shopping for the meal items.
Intended Users/Audience/Instructional Setting:
This project was designed to target 6th graders of varying levels. The project can be conducted individually for the high achieving students or conducted as a group project for lower level or struggling students. Depending on the level, EL students can conduct the project in their native language and use their own currency to meet the goals/objectives of this project. The final presentation to the class gives students a chance to share their meal plan, budget, and shopping experience with the class and learn from other students. It can be taught anytime during the 6th grade curriculum. Some may choose to use the unit around Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other special times to make it more relatable. This unit is planned for an environment where students have access to devices.
Length of program (time):
The project will be conducted over five/six 60 minute classes. This will be a total project time of 5-6 hours. The first day will be split into the following sections- anticipation guide, introduction and discussing project guidelines and expectations, brainstorming. Day two is the day for writing the meal plan. Day 3 is for creating the budget. Day 4 is for shopping (depending on the pace of students this day may be split into). The final day is for presentations to the class.
6th grade students will develop a plan by creating a list of items needed for a family meal. The plan must include each of the items on the planning checklist.
6th grade students will generate a budget for a family meal. The budget must meet the requirements stated in the budget checklist.
6th grade students will execute the shopping for the meal using the created plan and budget. Students must complete each item on the shopping checklist.
6th grade students will explain their meal plan projects to peers by conducting presentations. Students must demonstrate a 1.5 out of 2 in each of the criteria areas on the project rubric.
Instructional PowerPoint with notes pdf
1 Copy of Student Manual
Presentation Rubric- page 25 in teacher manual
Detailed Unit Timeline- page 4 in teacher manual
Copy of student manual for every student
Computers or devices for each student or group
Copy of the presentation rubric for every student
Projector and computer for Instructional PowerPoint
Teacher Manual Set Up
This manual is set up with an activity sequence that outlines the lessons and breaks down what is done in each lesson. The activity sequence also shows what student pages are used and what is direct instruction, independent practice, and assessments.
There is also a unit timeline that gives an approximate amount of time each lesson should take.
Lesson pages are set up two different ways. The main lesson page has an overview page that contains an overview, lesson timeline, and a list of resources. The individual lesson pages contain an approximate time, lesson instructions, and pictures of the instructional slides and student manual pages.
Special Note about the Instructional PowerPoint
This unit needs to be taught with the Instructional PowerPoint. The Instructional PowerPoint contains notes and transitions. Please make sure you read through the notes and work through the presentation before showing it to your class.