Have you started diving into Project Based Learning yet? I am kind of obsessed with them and I love everything about them.
Ice Cream Shoppe project based learning
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Skills in ice cream
Project Based Learning
The skills you are using in a project based learning are:
- Advertising Skills
- Adding Decimals
- Subtracting Decimals
- Speaking & Listening Skills
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!