At home, fifth graders from Birch Lane Elementary School in the Massapequa School District can let their parents plan Thanksgiving dinner, but for one afternoon, it was up to them. For a math activity, students had to work within a budget to create a complete meal.
Teacher Casey Russell said that students have recently been learning how to add and subtract decimals, and a project based on money showed a real-world application of the math concept. Each student was provided with a sheet of food prices and had to plan a Thanksgiving meal with a meat, sides, bread, dessert and beverages. Their total budget was based on how many people they were planning the meal for – anywhere from 2 to 10 people – with a cap of $20 person.