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Joe's Place

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Joe's Place

In this math activity (Page 8 of the Dining Out! PDF), younger learners select items from a menu and count out the total amount needed using the fewest bills and coins possible. Older learners determine fractions, decimals, and percents of the items ordered and/or figure percent/fraction discounts based on coupons. Older learners may also use the optional "fraction" menu as well, which encourages learners to connect fractions and decimals in the context of money.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Mathematics
    • Number and Operations
      • Decimals
      • Fractions
      • Operations
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation

Informal Categories

  • Financial Literacy
  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rimbey, M.Ed., NBCT (Math), Kimberly


  • All Rights Reserved, The Actuarial Foundation, ©2007

Funding Sources:

  • Ernst & Young
  • New York Life Foundation
  • Swiss Re
  • Towers Perrin


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