When I taught in 4th and 5th grades, I used old grocery ads and restaurant menus for math activities. I kept them in a cabinet all year long and would take them out when I had a fun activity to do. However, after a year or two, my ads and menus would dwindle down to shreds of paper. Kids would lose or tear the pages or the ads would be all mixed up or stuck in upside down. Since I needed a class set, I would have to go sneak back into a grocery store and take another stack, assuming no one was guarding them! Haha!
After a couple of years of doing this, I decided that it would be easier to just create my own menus that I could print off whenever I wanted, use as a homework assignment, or laminate and wrap with a rubber band. I just wanted an easier way for my kids to enjoy the menus without the hassle of keeping up with them all! On top of that, I could create them for all sorts of things that kids would experience in real life, like going to a ski shop, or planting a garden!
So, I created my own. All the kids need is a menu and a worksheet. They use the menu to answer the questions. Easy for the teacher, rigorous (I made differentiated versions for different levels), and the kids love them!
With that being said, I wanted to share one of my favorite activities from my little TpT store - Math Menus! Because it's back to school time, I wanted to share this freebie with you so that your kids can have some fun in the first weeks of school!
Here are some more of my favorites, but I have plenty of different kinds! Your kids will love them!
Halloween Math Menus
The Burger Joint Math Menu
Pizza Pies Math Menu
You can find more menus here and here at my store!