Decimal Project Based Learning

Decimal Project Based Learning


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This decimal activity is a fun and engaging way to have your students practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals. This decimal project is fun for all ages, but more specifically the 5th-8th grade age range.


This activity can be differentiated by having every student research the same items for a food truck, choosing foods that have very few ingredients, having students round up to the nearest dollar, etc.


This activity can be used in small groups, whole group, class wide activity, sent home for practice, etc. The options are endless!


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  • 1) Cover
    • Print Pages 2-17 for students, you can differentiate for student age by printing these with one slide per page since younger students write bigger and need more space, or two slides per page if they are older.


  • 2) Student Cover
    • a) Have students write their name on this page inside the food truck.
    • i) Introduce Project
    • ii) “How many of you have ever seen a food truck or heard of a food truck festival?” Today we are going to start our food truck festival and to do that, we are going to have to do a bit of research.”


  • 3) Business Plan
    • Students will need their computers/iPads out so they can research:
    • Why are designs and logos important to a business?
    • Have a class discussion about this question and have students answer this question before they get out their technology.
    • Spend a few minutes looking up various food truck companies. What ideas do you have for your food truck?


  • 4) Business Plan
    • Students will choose their business name, logo, and a food truck design.
    • This is just a rough draft, they will work on their final product later


  • 5) Menu Brainstorm
    • Before students do this page, discuss what they noticed when they were researching. Which food trucks caught their eye? What were the food trucks selling?
    • Tell students that they will be selling four varieties of the same food item, so if they have a hamburger truck they might have just a plain burger, then a cheese burger, bacon cheese burger, and a deluxe burger.
    • List on the white board foods that can be sold in four different stages
    • The burgers, ice cream, tacos, hot dogs, snow cones, lemonade, etc.


  • 6) Shopping List
    • This might be the hardest slide. Using grocery store ads, or grocery store websites such as Walmart and Target, have students look up the cost of each item they will need to buy. Don’t forget they also need napkins and utensils. You will also need to remind them to find the servings per container and then how to calculate a unit cost.


  • 7) Itemized Selling Price
    • The first two columns students will just be transferring over their items from the previous page. Then they will be deciding how much they want to sell each item for. Make sure to have a discussion about how much people are actually willing to pay. Also talk about how even though it seems like napkins and utensils are free at food trucks, the owner still has to pay for them, so we need to calculate that cost into the meal cost.


  • 8) Menu
    • Pages 7 and 8 are the same, except for it asked the students to list the four levels of their item. Example: Plain burger, cheese burger, bacon cheese burger, and a deluxe burger. For each menu item they need to list the ingredients, unit cost, and selling price. Then they need to calculate what their menu price and profit will be for each menu item.


  • 9) Menu Design
    • Students will use page 9 to design their menu and list their final prices


  • 10) Food Trucks
    • Students will use this page to decide which food truck they would like to purchase
      • i) Standard Stand
      • ii) Standard Cart
      • iii) Food Truck Trailer
      • iv) Deluxe Food Truck


  • 11) Pages 11-14 will be used for students to design whichever food cart they decide to finance.


  • 12) Extension: Lastly, students will use shoe boxes, cardboard, construction paper, etc to start building their food carts!




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