Are you looking for a way to reinforce math concepts in an engaging way that helps your students make connections? “Run a Chocolate Shop” is a real-life math project where students will complete nine different math-related tasks involving addition, subtraction, fractions, time, money, problem-solving, 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
These activities can be used as a package, or in isolation. This project is sure to engage your students around Valentine’s Day!
This resource is included in PDF format for printing and in Google Slides™️ format for digital learning. This makes it useable with Google Classroom™️.
Look what you’ll find inside this math project:
TASK #1: OPEN FOR BUSINESS
It’s official! Your new chocolate shop is open for business! Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, this is the perfect time to start advertising. Design some ads to bring people into your shop.
Valentine’s Day is coming, and you know it will be your busiest time of the year. You need to get prepared!
Skills: subtraction, addition
TASK #3: CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES
The chocolate-covered strawberries are popular at your shop!
Skills: time, repeated addition or multiplication, halves
TASK#4: BOXES OF CHOCOLATES
You put together three different box sizes for your chocolates.
Skills: addition, money, fractions
TASK#5: VALENTINE’S CUPCAKES
Valentine’s cupcakes are on sale all day on February 14. Let’s decorate them.
Skills: fractions, arrays
TASK #6: TRACKING SALES
It’s important to track your sales when you own a business. Let’s see what we sold today.
Skills: picture graph, interpreting data, representing data
TASK #7: PRICING ITEMS
You will be offering discounts for some of your items. Let’s figure out the sale prices.
Skills: money, addition, subtraction
TASK #8: FEBRUARY REVENUE AND EXPENSES
Because of Valentine’s Day, February is your busiest month at the chocolate shop. Let’s look at your revenue and expenses from the month.
Skills: money, addition, subtraction, ordering
TASK #9: CHOCOLATE SHOP PROBLEMS
Running a business means that you must be a good problem-solver. Solve the problems below.
Skills: problem-solving, time, repeated addition or multiplication
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "We used this on Valentine's Day and my students loved it! I teach a 3/4 combo class and we did it in groups and the kids were so engaged. I also had a bowl of chocolates for the group that finished the tasks first. It's so nice to have these fun lessons that teach outside the box...of chocolates:)" Maggie S.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I use these as a break from our usual homeschooling curriculum. My daughter loves them and will work through the packet on her own time. I highly recommend all of these real life math packets!" Kate S.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students enjoyed this resource. I use it as enrichment for students who are progressing well on the skills taught. They are able to work independently while I work with those who are in need of remediation." Sophia S.