Friday in math we were supposed to use a worksheet activity to budget a party. Instead we decided to budget for a real party, and if the price was right we could actually have the party.
First we made a guest list, materials needed, venue, time, why (what is our reason for having the party). We discussed how it would be rude to invite someone then ask them to pay, we had to cut back our guest list b/c we didn't have enough money to pay for everyone.....
It was so much fun. The kids were up and talking, sharing ideas and having fun. We did tons of math. We called our local pizza parlor to ask how much a pizza was, could we get a discount, how many slices come in a pizza. Then after figuring out how much pizza we needed we calculated the tip. Then we calculated how much each student needed to bring, which is only $0.60 more than what they pay for lunch.
The kids were very involved in the process and couldn't wait to make sure our party was within school rules. The kids talked about it the rest of the day. If only every lesson was this good.