End of the Year - Open an Ice Cream Shop

Looking for ideas for the end of the year? Try this fun PBL unit with your students. They will love opening their very own ice cream shop.

Testing is over... you want your students to relax and enjoy the end of the year. This is a great time to try some different project based units with your students. Project Based Learning implements 21st Century Skills, connects to real world situations, gives students an opportunity to collaborate and drive their own learning. And, learning can be assessed in different ways.



Here's a video to help explain Project Based Learning.


Give your students the challenge of opening an ice cream shop. This project can be done individually or as a group. I love having the students to work in collaborative groups.

Looking for ideas for the end of the year? Try this fun PBL unit with your students. They will love opening their very own ice cream shop.

- Begin the unit by showing a YouTube video about different ice cream creameries and shops. This helps set the stage for the project. Students begin to get excited about opening their own ice cream shop.


Share more websites about ice cream shops that are familiar to your students.

Amy's Ice Cream

Blue Bell Creamery

PBS History of Ice Cream

- Visit a local ice cream shop or have a local owner to visit your class. Students can even visit their favorite shop to interview the owner or manager. We love Amy's Ice Cream. She has been an Austin icon for years.

Looking for ideas for the end of the year? Try this fun PBL unit with your students. They will love opening their very own ice cream shop.

- I designed a menu for the students so they have an idea in creating their own. Visit websites to get more ideas. Have the students write word problems from the menu.

Looking for ideas for the end of the year? Try this fun PBL unit with your students. They will love opening their very own ice cream shop.


- Give your students a budget in ordering supplies for their shop. You can use a spreadsheet or printables. Students can practice taking orders, too.

- Invite classes or parents to come for a tasting. Students can create their own ice cream flavor. They can bring in their own toppings or you can purchase them yourself.


- I use basic ice cream recipes so the students can add their creative ideas.


- Students learn about promoting their shops through social media, logos, slogans, jingles, videos and more.

- And, nothing's more fun than playing a Build Your Own Sundae game. 



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