In this engaging, real-life math project, your students will work with all the processes involved in running a mini donut stand. Kids LOVE these projects because they are high interest, relevant, and help them see that math really is all around them! Reinforce skills such as money, multiplication, elapsed time, addition and subtraction with decimals, arrays, expanded form, and more.
Ideas for Use
Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!
There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:
•a small-group or pairs activity
•a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling
•a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers
•a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher
You might choose to print specific tasks to use during math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all of the tasks and let your students choose which one to do when.
This resource is included in PDF format for printing and in Google Slides™️ format for digital learning. This makes it useable with Google Classroom™️.
Here’s what’s included in ”Run a Mini Donut Stand.”
TASK #1: PLANNING FOR BUSINESS
In this fun introductory task, students will brainstorm a name for their mini donut stand and think about the events they’ll attend.
TASK #2: ADVERTISING
Advertising is an important part of your business. You want to make sure everyone knows that you make the best mini donuts around!
TASK #3: NEW FLAVORS
Cinnamon donuts are always the most popular, but you’ve decided to expand and add three new flavors!
TASK #4: ORDER UP!
It’s a busy day at the fair! Here are just a few of the orders you received this afternoon. Find the total cost and the amount of change needed for each one.
Skills: money, addition/subtraction with decimals
TASK #5: THE NEXT EVENT
This weekend you’re setting up your mini donut stand at a 2-day outdoor festival. You’re hoping to sell a lot of donuts!
Skills: elapsed time, number lines, operations
TASK #6: FESTIVAL SUMMARY
The festival is over and it’s time to look at your sales from the weekend!
Skills: graphing and data interpretation
TASK #7: DONUTS BY THE DOZEN
When you sell mini donuts by the dozen, you get good at multiplying by 12! Use the arrays to figure out the total number of donuts.
Skills: arrays, distributive property
TASK #8: BUSINESS IS BOOMING
You’ve had a busy summer so far and business is booming! You’re going to have to invest in a second donut machine!
Skills: rounding, word form, expanded form, addition
TASK #9: SCHOOL SPECIAL
Today you’re offering a special deal at the elementary school where the kids can order any number of mini donuts they want. Find the total number of donuts in each order.
Skills: arrays, multiplication, skip-counting, division
TASK #10: MOST POPULAR DONUTS
You just finished a day at the Kids Concert in the Park. Now it’s time to see which donuts were the most popular.
Skills: graphing and data interpretation, word form
TASK #11: SPECIAL ORDER!
Now this is exciting! You’ve been asked to make a special order of mini donuts for a birthday party.
Skills: increasing patterns, fractions
TASK #12: DONUT DILEMMAS
As the owner of a business, you often encounter problems that you must solve.
Skills: multi-step problem-solving, decreasing patterns, fractions
TASK #13: SUMMERTIME REVENUE AND EXPENSES
Your first summer as a mini donut business owner has come to an end! You feel like it was a successful summer, but you must look at your exact revenue and expenses just to be sure.
Skills: addition, subtraction
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