Pizza Fractions PBL – 5th Grade Math Project Based Learning



Pizza Fractions Project Based Learning Activity – 5th Grade

⭐ Pizza Fractions is a project based learning unit for 5th grade based all around preparing and serving pizzas based on appropriate situational fractions. This 5th grade resource contains a standards-based unit in both printable PDF and Google Slides versions – so it’s the perfect activity to increase engagement and interest in the classroom or distance learning. Students follow instructions to identify equal pizza slices, partition pizzas into fractions, add toppings to pizzas to make fractions, and answer various story problems about fractions and their pizzas. Additional “challenge activities” engage students and develop further understanding of the concepts and skills.


⭐ This project-based learning task involves using the following CCSS Geometry math standards to solve problems related to pizza preparation.

  • 5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • 5.NBT.B.5 Fluently multiplies multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • 5.NBT.B.6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between mult./div. Illustrate and explain calculations.
  • 5.NBT.B.7 Add, sub., Mult., and div. decimals to the hundredths, using concrete models, drawings, or strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between add./sub. Relate to a written method and explain the reasoning.
  • 5.NF.A.1 Add/sub. fractions with unlike denominators by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions, in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.
  • 5.NF.A.2 Solve word problems involving add/sub of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators.
  • 5.NF.B.3 Interpret a fraction as a division of the numerator by the denominator. Solve word problems involving the division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers.
  • 5.NF.B.4 Apply and extend previous understanding of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
  • 5.NF.B.6 Solve real-world problems involving the multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers.
  • 5.MD.B.2 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurement infractions. Use operations to solve problems in the line plots.


Key Features:

✏️ Printable & Digital Format – Printable PDF & Google Slides formats make this resource perfect for classroom instruction, distance learning, and everywhere in between. Digital and printable versions are consistent, so they can be used for combination classroom and virtual instruction situations.


✏️ Educational & Engaging – This resource will capture the imagination of your students while they practice key math skills. Students are hired as pizza makers to study circular and rectangular pie fractions. Their job is to create and serve pizzas with their toppings in the proper proportions!


✏️ Differentiation – Two challenge activities mean that you can challenge your high-performing students while making the resource accessible to your on-level and below-level students.


What’s Included?

1. For the Teacher, Standards, and Directions

2. For the Student, Welcome to Pizza, Pizza, Tasks

3. Pizza Fractions (Creating, ordering, equivalent fractions, and solving word problems)

4. Cooking Pizza (Elapsed time word problems)

5. Selling Pizza (Money word problems)

6. Be a Pizza Maker (Follow directions to make your own pizza with follow-up questions)

7. Make the Cut (More pizza fraction word problems)

8. Pizza Data (Make a bar graph, line plot, interpret data, write your own comparison questions)

9. Challenge 1 (Determine pizza costs and profit)

10. Challenge 2 (Complete a table using pizza data, word problems using data)

11. Challenge 3 (Create a poster for advertising spring specials)

12. Self-evaluation Reflection and Rubric

13. Answer Key


Looking for more differentiation? Check out the 4th Grade version!


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