The Students are
given a set amount of money and told to create a dinner menu using a
website which caters to online food shopping. Students will be able
to compute costs associated with purchasing the food and cost per person.
Students should know how to add and subtract using decimals, be familiar
with graphs and pie charts and be able to collaborate in small groups
on what type of menu to use. Students can look at the Food Pyramid to
determine what the recommended daily food portions are.
The learner will need to know basic technology skills, knowledge of addition and subtraction using decimals prior to beginning this lesson.
The lesson is designed based on the existing standards used in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems
1. Students will work in teams to create a menu. They should be able to organize their thoughts and ideas in a web.
2. Students should be able to work online in a grocery store and navigate to find items to purchase for the dinner and the costs.
3. Students should be able to keep track of their expenses and determine the serving portion and how many portions they will need. They will keep track of these by using a worksheet.
5. Costs will be entered in online in a graph designer to create a pie chart.
6. The learner can calculate costs using a online calculator.
7. The finished product should include a web for ideas, the worksheet that calculates the costs for the entire dinner and per person, and a graph.
This lesson is organized to cover a period of 2 to 3 days and can involve more than one class depending on how detailed you may want to get. It can be taught in one period but use a multiple disciplines. Students can be divided into groups of 4 members. On the first day each group can brainstorm on what the menu will be. The second day can be used to look up prices of the food items and keep track of the costs using the online calculator. Once they have completed this task, groups can start writing their report.
This lesson is easy enough for a novice teacher to perform and can easily be adapted to other disciplines.