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Keywords: Autism, Special Needs, Math, Money, Social Skills, Real Life Application
Subject(s): Social Skills, Autism, Special Needs, Speech and Language, Math
Grades 6 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
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School: The Riverview School, Long Island City, NY
Planned By: Ann Alvord
Original Author: Ann Alvord, Long Island City
1. Students will choose items from the "Out to Lunch" list of menus from the website.
2. After students choose an entree, side dish, drink and dessert, students will put these items on their "plate" on the SmartBoard.
3. Students will use a calculator, mental math, or pencil and paper to calculate the total cost of their meal.
4. Students will pay for their meal using exact change, the dollar-more method, or a gift card.
5. Students will then go to the restaurant and practice this skill.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson incorporates reading (the menu), writing (items chosen), math (calculating the cost), real life application (going to the restaurant and practicing the skill), and social skills (communicating with waiter/cashier)
Follow-Up
Going to various restaurants and practicing the skill in different settings.
Materials: Whiteboards, Flip Video, MP3 Players, Microphones, English/Language Arts, Reading, Math, Elementary, Social Studies, Games, Keyboarding, Music, Autism, Speech and Language