For 28 years, Westerly Elementary third grade teacher Martha Fisher has seen her students turn the school cafeteria into a restaurant, and receive a passing grade.
“The restaurant is like a culmination of learning at the end of the year,” Fisher said. “This year’s restaurant theme was Math Busters. We can find math in anything. We can find math in an ice cube tray where the kids can see an array or a clothes basket with holes on the side, which are really a multiplication problem.”
The kids take on various jobs for the special dinner, as servers, hostess, chefs, and CEO. They design the menu and do the cookings. They serve over 200 parents and community members. The menu this year included chicken, hot dogs, spaghetti, green beans, corn, and salad. The salad was from the outdoor science lab, where a crop of lettuce was harvested.
The purpose of the restaurant is to be the active part of the class project Picture the Math, where real life math is found in photos. According to Sara Leighliter, “It was fun learning that math is everywhere around us and sharing it with our customers at Math Busters Restaurant.”