I received such fantastic feedback regarding my lemonade stand project pictures last week, and a lot of requests for a more detailed run-down of the project. Here is a detailed overview of the project, with a few new pictures! Remember that the resource that includes the printable student pages and teacher guides is available here.
Make sure you view the YouTube video that’s available on this resource!
This project begins with a practical business plan. I have a lot of discussion points ready to go for each step, and this part of the project is very discussion-heavy. We watch videos and talk about all sorts of business and entrepreneur topics.
Next came the math. We spent several days using our 5th grade fraction & decimal knowledge to setup our lemonade stand business. To differentiate, we “hired” accountants to check our Math and I had a small group going where kids could come back to get some extra help. When we got into multiplying mixed numbers, we did A LOT of modeling! My students saw that multiplication is repeated addition, and knowing this, they could group the whole numbers and fractions together to get their answers.
Project-based learning is a great way to push students to apply the difficult math concepts they learn in 6th grade, while encouraging them to think about how they will use Math in the future. I know that a few of my students will go on to start their own businesses, and you can bet that they will remember what they need to do it from this 5th grade project!
Don’t forget to connect this awesome Math project to your other content areas. There are many, many more in the downloadable resource!
- Read about kids creating businesses in the news
- Read about how something works or is made to come up with a business plan to start a company – this is tailored to each student’s individual interests!
- Write about the processes in this project.
- Write about a business plan.
- Learn about the history of entrepreneurship
- Learn about laws and taxes
- Create a scientific experiment to find the perfect lemonade recipe