Christmas Menu Math Decimal Review

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Have your students practice adding, subtracting, and multiplying decimals with a real-world Christmas math activity.  This unique "menu" style activity follows a story of a family shopping for items needed in their Christmas Eve traditions.  

Students will be given a grocery list along with a page of store items and their prices.  They will need to calculate the cost of the items along with sales tax, and figure out if the family has enough money to pay for it.  Spoiler alert!  They end up going over budget and must use coupons to bring their total down so that they can pay for their Christmas Eve items.  They must find the deduction for each coupon and apply this along with the sales tax to find their new total.  There are also some short answer questions about the activity to allow them to explain their thinking.

This is a perfect way to review decimals before Winter Break!

Standards:  5.NBT.7

How Can You Use This?

Use this activity during the last 1-2 weeks of school before winter break.  It can be assigned as a culminating project for Numbers in Base Ten or just as a fun activity to informally assess student mastery of decimal operations.  This is perfect to leave for a sub if you need a day off.

Differentiate: Assign some or all of the pages to your students, depending on how much of a challenge they need.

What You Get

6 Activities
  • A story page with the grocery list as well as a menu of items that will be used for shopping
  • Receipt - students will find the total cost of the items on the grocery list (adding decimals, multiplying decimals by whole numbers, multiplying decimals by decimals) 
  • Coupons - a list of the coupons the family can use to cut the cost of their grocery list
  • Calculating Discounts - students will calculate the new cost of the items that have a coupon (adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals by decimals)
  • Questions - students will answer questions about their calculations - great for writing in math


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LOVED THIS!!! Went great with the 5th grade math curriculum and definitely challenged my students!  - Jamie D.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Such a great project that the students loved doing! Opened up the doors for great discussion of using math in everyday situations. Thank you!  - North Idaho Teacher

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect activity for the crazy times leading up to Christmas.  Love the opportunity to practice with money!  - Karen R.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This project was so fun during the holidays.  Made our math become real-life!  Thank you!
  - Katie M.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is an amazing resource - works perfectly in the special education middle and high school math classes!!  Well organized!  Thanks so much.  - Lynn K.

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