During the week of Thanksgiving, we put our math workshop on hold as we worked on a mini project in groups of 2-3 planning a Thanksgiving meal. We have this blog post to thank because that's where I (Mrs.Allen) got the idea late Sunday night. Since it sounded like something practical, fun, and perfect for the holiday season, we took the plunge and spent our math time on Monday and Tuesday working on it.
So how did it work?
- First, we had some guidelines to follow:
- plan a Thanksgiving meal to feed 6 people--including a main course of some kind and some side dishes (desserts and beverages were optional)
- $40 was the budget, so we had to spend as close to that as possible--without going over
- the money could only be spent on food (condiments, flatware, and dishes excluded from the budget)
|Here's an example of one of our budget sheets.|
- When we were through, we created a poster to display our Thanksgiving meal, presented it to the rest of our class, and posted them in the hallway outside our classroom door to share with the rest of our school.