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Restaurant Planning Math Project

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Activity Based on Danny's Diner

Students will apply their multiplication skills in a real life simulation based on an example found in Breakfast at Danny's Diner.  In the story, the children help out their uncle and learn how multiplication and division are used from the minute they are asked to determine how many placemats they need and becomes even more interesting when they have to figure out the number of eggs, bacon and toast must be made in order to serve 6 patrons the SPECIAL!

Teams of 3-4 students are formed.

     The task is to plan a restaurant.


Goal: Run restaurant simulation on Monday, Tuesday, November 16.


Roles are assigned to each team member: (Job desc. are suggestions)


  1.           Owner - Primary decision make, settles disputes, make sure tasks are completed, help as needed, order taking, food making, manage to business
  2.           Waitress/Waiter  - Illustrations, menus, order slips
  3.           Cashier - Record all of names on the checklist, tally amount of each item sold
  4.           Cook - Inventory and pricing, food design


List the duties for each person. The owner should settle disputes by making the final decisions after team members have attempted to work out a compromise.  Jobs should be equally distributed so that each member contributes to the planning and running of the restaurant. Someone will need to take responsibility for each of the tasks below. Record their names on the sheet.


Checklist of decisions to make:


  •           Name of restaurant
  •           Menu items - limit the number of items and keep it simple. Type up the items and prices print and glue to           construction paper.
  •           Create placemat design, I will copy enough for the activity
  •           Special of the day, should include 3-4 items with options (3 eggs, 2 links, slices of bacon, 1 orange juice and 2 slices of           toast)
  •           Logo - Picture incorporating the logo and motto
  •           Motto - a few words that make people interested in eating in your place
  •           Pricing - whole dollar amounts only (so we can multiply and divide)
  •           Inventory - how much food will you need to have in stock in order to serve 12 people? Create a table.
  • Create individual lists of what props to bring in on Monday. Simulation will be on Tuesday. 

Sales Slip for the waiter or waitress.




Set up - set tables, menus, sign (10 minutes for prep)

Waiter, waitress ready with order slip

Owner to greet customers,

Cook ready with whiteboards to create meals/drinks and to let wait staff know if they are out of something.

Cashier ready to calculate the total for each order and the meal totals for each session.



Prepare baggies with 12 dollars each. We used little unifix cubes

Pick a number so they know which restaurant to attend.

They must order, check the math on their order slips and pay the bill.  They may leave a tip.

They will have only what's left over for round 2 so they must spend wisely.


Each round lasts for 15 minutes.


I will need to bring in the following items to use as props:













Comments (1)

Kathy Shields said

at 4:38 pm on Nov 22, 2010

Emma, your props were just perfect! Thanks for dropping them off on Friday.

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