Class Café Activity

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Food's up! Elementary mathematicians role play as customers and servers at a pretend restaurant. They order from a menu, work to stay within a budget, and make change using basic money math skills.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create an interdisciplinary activity with health curriculum in which learners must also create nutritionally sound menus
  • Use menus from popular restaurants (many can be found online)
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should have prior knowledge and experience with money math
  • Requires materials for a play café, such as pretend money, menus, and food
Pros

  • A fun and applicable way to reinforce a unit on currency
  • Encourages learners to use their math skills rather than a calculator to stay within a budget
Cons

  • None
Common Core