Students love to be able to make choices in their learning and have fun at the same time. So, why not let them!
Menu Math is a fantastic tool to use in your math classroom because it allows for differentiation, choice, fun, and creativity. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively through the use of Menu Math.
Menu Math consists of Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Desserts.
Main Dishes are the main required projects, and they are done first.
Side Dishes are done AFTER the Main Dishes and involve more creativity and choice.
Desserts are done AFTER the Main Dishes and the Side Dishes and are the "fun" projects, where students get to create videos and games.
There are 242 total projects or activities from the following topics:
~ Addition - 31 activities
~ Subtraction - 32 activities
~ Multiplication - 31 activities
~ Division - 30 activities
~ Multi-Step Problems - 14 activities
~ Operations and Problem Solving - 7 activities
~ Place Value - whole numbers and decimals - 28 activities
~ Factors and Multiples, including prime and composite numbers - 42 activities
~ Fractions and Decimals, including equivalent fractions - 26 activities
~ Geometric Figures - 9 activities
~ Measurement - Volume, Weight, and Length - 27 activities
~ Perimeter and Area - 9 activities
~ Estimation - 13 activities
~ Time and Temperature - 9 activities
My students loved Menu Math. My students worked on Menu Math while I met with my small groups for reteaching. They loved to be able to choose how they showed me what they know.
The best thing about Menu Math is that everything is changeable and adaptable. You can mix and match the activities and projects around however you want - including 2 place value activities, 3 addition activities, 1 multi-step problem activity, and 3 perimeter and area activities. You can use it to see their background knowledge and what they remember and know from the previous year. You can use it for review or assessment. It's so flexible. If students are continuing to struggle in one area, continue the same type of activities onto the next week.
There is a selection of activities for each subject, many of them repeated as needed. Once my students knew my expectations and how to do a certain project, they felt more confident and were more successful in choosing the same project in a different topic. Students will be able to use the techniques, strategies, and activities that they are familiar with and transfer them to different topics.
Some of the projects include:
~ Create a poster
~ Create an anchor chart
~ Design a computer project
~ Design and create a game
~ Create a 10-question quiz
~ Create a foldable
My students enjoyed being able to find a project that they liked and being able to do that project again. It also saved me time so that I didn't have to reinvent the wheel and teach them new projects each week. It was a win-win for both of us; my students were able to work independently on their projects (without any help from me) while I was able to work with my small groups.