Giving students experiences that are similar to real-world situations are always useful in math. We created these simple menus and task cards so that students can get practice with reading menus and performing operations with money amounts. Simply print and laminate the menus and task cards, copy recording pages for students and place at a center with appropriate money manipulatives. We have created two levels for differentiation. Each set of task cards contains 12 problems. The green has amounts and totals that may end up over $1.00, while the yellow has smaller amounts.
To make it feel like a more authentic experience, you could set up the center to mimic a restaurant table with a table cloth, centerpiece, plates, napkins and silverware. Our students always loved when we did this!
We used these same menus for our work with VariQuest, but created word problems with specific items from the menu. If you’d like more resources for this math center, check out their blog with our other resources here: VariQuest Menu Math