This project based learning is fantastic for everyone that is ready to tackle a PBL but at a smaller level.

Have you started diving into Project Based Learning yet? I am kind of obsessed with them and I love everything about them.

This ice cream shoppe project based learning is fantastic for everyone that is ready to tackle a PBL but at a smaller level.
This project based learning is fantastic for everyone that is ready to tackle a PBL but at a smaller level.

Ice Cream Shoppe project based learning

My first Project Based Learning (PBL) that I created was an ice cream shoppe. It instantly became one of my best projects that I gave to my students. They became obsessed with creating this business from the ground up.

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Skills in ice cream Project Based Learning

The skills you are using in a project based learning are:

  • Persuasion
  • Advertising Skills
  • Decimals
  • Adding Decimals
  • Subtracting Decimals
  • Money
  • Speaking & Listening Skills
  • Area
  • Perimeter

How can you build a business?

Let’s start with building the business. Let the students come up with business names, a title, what it should look like, and even the hours. Students should have some investment in their business. They will create newspaper ads, and radio ads.

Starting from the bottom of the shop- to building an actual shop! This project based learning is fantastic for teaching those business skills.
Starting from the bottom of the shop- to building an actual shop! This project based learning is fantastic for teaching those business skills.

Students can design their own shoppe front. I love this part of the project because the kids really get so excited to put themselves in their shoppe.

Build that shop by creating different versions of your store.
Build that shop by creating different versions of your store.

Of course- their FAVORITE part would be creating the menu. The kids enjoy building this because they are able to make some whacky menus. I let them generate ideas for the size options, base options, flavors, toppings, specialties, shakes and then a secret menu! They will also have to choose the final of each and create some type of menu for their customers. The students can then create a menu and if you are feeling really adventurous, laminate the menu.

This is an example of what you can use when creating the final draft of the ice cream project based learning menu.
This is an example of what you can use when creating the final draft of the ice cream menu.

Incorporate some listening skills!

Let the kids go around to other classmates and charge their customers for the food that they want. The best is when I incorporate the classroom economy into it and let them actually pay for the ice cream. Money is passing hands and it really starts to feel like an ice cream shop…well- minus the ice cream.

This is an example of the order slip that the students use while teaching orders from classmates.
This is an example of the order slip that the students use while teaching orders from classmates.

Build the Shop!

Now it is time to actually build the physical shop of the ice cream shop. This really will make kids think outside the box during this project based learning. The students have a set parameters and will have to add pieces to their shop. They need requirements for example, a bathroom, a sink, a place for the blenders, the refrigerator for the ice cream, tables, a queue line, and a register. These are some examples of what each shop will need in order for you to create the shop.

This is an example of the front of the ice cream shop.
The front of the ice cream shop

Do It Yourself!

You can totally use all of this information that I just told you and challenge your students with this project based learning immediately. If you don’t want to create it yourself, but you want the resources as well, you can purchase this project based learning (and more) in my TpT shop right here!

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