Thanksgiving Math Activity: Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget


It can be hard to keep students focused in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving Math Activity is the perfect resource for keeping students excited and engaged while still working on math skills!


Thanksgiving Math Activity: Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Thanksgiving Math Activity: Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget is a fun way to integrate math standards and the Thanksgiving holiday! This Common Core and Virginia Standards of Learning aligned Thanksgiving math activity has students work on teams to plan a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people with a budget of $110. Each team will be given 3 store flyers with different sale prices and coupons so that students can find the best deals to meet their budget.

Are differentiated versions of the activity included?

Two differentiated levels are included in this problem-solving activity.

  • The first level has students determine what stores they will purchase each product from and what coupons they will use. They will then figure out the total amount spent and if there is any money left in their budget.
  • The second level has students do the same but they must also look at portion sizes to determine how much of each product they need.

Different planning and recording worksheets are included for each level. There is also an option to include sales tax into their final costs with either version.

What skills will students practice with this Thanksgiving math activity?

With this Thanksgiving math activity, students will practice solving multi-step problems in a real-life scenario. Students will be required to add, subtract, and multiply with both whole numbers and decimals.

What are other buyers saying about this Thanksgiving activity?

“My students loved this and I loved how they were able to discuss with each other what they should do as a group. I recommended this to other teachers at my site since I loved it so much!” (Stephanie C.)

“Perfect resource to use the week of Thanksgiving for a fun, relevant review of decimals!” (Samantha S.)

“My students loved this activity and it was so much fun watching them get so into it.” (Natasha A.)

“I love to use this the week of Thanksgiving when our schedules are a bit wonky and I don’t want to start anything new before break. The kids love to put their math skills to use and practice real-life math!” (Christa W.)

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