Menu Math: Lesson Plan for Grades 4-8 Blog Feature

By: Geena Maharaj on May 22nd, 2015

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Menu Math: Lesson Plan for Grades 4-8

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: STEM | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download

This lesson plan is part of our partnership with two creative educators from The Curriculum Corner, bringing you free Common Core aligned lesson ideas, teacher resources, and templates you can easily print with your VariQuest® Perfecta® Series Poster Design System - just be sure you have the latest VariQuest Software!

MENU MATH LEARNING CENTER RESOURCES
INTERMEDIATE CLASSROOMS: Grades 4-8

Application of Operations & Strategies to Solve Money Word Problems

Objective:

Students will increase independence in using the four operations & various strategies to solve real-world money math problems.

Materials:

  • The Grill Menu *click the below image to download the PDF
  • Menu Math Word Problem Cards *click the below image to download the PDF with all 16 problem cards
  • Menu Math Task Cards *click the below image to download the PDF containing all 20 problem cards

Preparation:

  • Print and laminate 3-4 copies of The Grill menu with your VariQuest Perfecta and VariQuest Cold Laminator
  • Print, laminate and cut out the set of 16 word problem cards.
  • Print, laminate and cut out the set of 20 task cards.
  • Gather money manipulatives (bills and coins) and place in a basket for use at the center if needed.

Directions:

These word problem cards and task cards have been created for use as an independent or small group math center in the classroom.

  • Blue_Menu_-_16_Problem_Cards_imageWORD PROBLEM CARDS: There are 16 word problems that correspond to “The Grill” menu. These cards start with more simple problems and gradually become more difficult. This activity involves students in reading problems, gathering information from the menu and adding money amounts. The more difficult problems have the students determining totals and making change. You can choose to have students draw random cards and show their work in a math notebook (or on a piece of paper), or you might choose to assign specific problems to students depending upon their needed level of practice. A key for the 16 problems has been provided, as well a blank card template for teachers or students to create their own word problems involving “The Grill” menu.
  • Blue_Menu_-_20_Task_Cards_imageTASK CARDS: There are 20 task cards that correspond to the “The Grill” menu. These task cards are created to be more open-ended with students choosing items from the menu to use to calculate totals. These cards also begin with more simple problems and gradually become more difficult. This activity involves students reading tasks, choosing food items, gathering information from the menu and adding money amounts. The more difficult problems have the students determining totals, picking which paper bills to use for payment, making change and even calculating sales tax. Again, you can have students choose cards at random or assign specific tasks to students depending upon their levels. A blank card template has also been provided for teachers or students to create their own tasks.

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