Run an Ice Cream Truck PBL Task


Digital & Printable PBL Math Activities

Looking for an engaging, differentiated, and challenging summer project based learning task to enrich your students? This is a perfect math challenge for students during the end of the year, and they'll love getting to run their own ice cream truck.


Students will love getting to work within a budget to run their own ice cream truck - the treats, toppings, supplies and more. You'll love the enriched math practice they get along the way! Students will practice addition and subtraction while learning to work within a budget. They'll finish the project by designing their truck and menu, and taking classmates' orders! This includes both Printable & Digital versions in Google Slides and Seesaw.



Teacher Tips and Instructions

Engaging Letter: Get students excited about this project by putting the letter in an envelope and ripping it open along with students!

Brainstorming Page: A brainstorming sheet for students to think about a time they've visited an ice cream truck.

Supplies Menus: There are 2 sheets included that display the options students have to pick from for treats, toppings, supplies and more. These display the prices for each thing - there are differentiated options included, and an editable version as well.

Planning Sheets: Differentiated planning sheets are included. Students will calculate the total they've spent and adjust their purchases to fit within a budget.

Reflection Questions: Reflection pages are included. Students will answer questions about what it was like working with a budget and what they might do differently next time. They'll also set prices for their ice cream and calculate their potential profits.

Design a Truck: Students will design and color their ice cream truck.

Create a Menu: Students will create the menu for their truck and persuade others to come.

Ice Cream Orders: Students will take classmates' orders and calculate their totals.


*You can differentiate this even further by setting different budgets for your students to work with.