The Encore classes at Dan Mills, Amqui, and Rosebank Elementary schools spent five weeks of this semester studying a unit called “Math on the Menu.” Led by Encore teacher Julie Delgado, the unit took them through a mock-journey of the opening for a family business, a Mexican restaurant. The students studied everything from menu groupings to floor plan possibilities for the actual restaurant building. At the end of the five weeks, the culminating activity was a Mexican fiesta complete with a "build-your-own-tostada" bar and restaurant decorations and Mexican heritage music. It was very rewarding to watch the students' interest heighten as we encountered each activity each week. The students said it was "really fun", the "tostadas were really good", and it was "better than a field trip!" Several had a great time creating the "decor for the restaurant." According to Delgado, “Encore is a wonderful program where we, teachers, get to teach ‘out-of-the-box’ material.”
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