For Educators - The Cafeteria Puzzle
 
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The Cafeteria Puzzle

The goal of this group of puzzles is to feed the monsters by filling their plates with the correct portions of slop, drumsticks, sushi, and burgers. Players must study the relationships between the numerical portions of different foods on each tray, as well as the same food across all trays. To begin play on level one (Employee's Cafeteria), the player clicks the flashing dispensing button on the food machine and places the food that appears in the correct spot on a monster's tray. If the food is placed on the correct tray, the monster will respond favorably and that plate of food is locked into place. One light will go out on the plate counter. If the plate is incorrectly placed, the monster will respond negatively, and the food will be ejected from the tray and land in the correct place on another monster's tray. When this happens, three lights will go out on the plate counter. In order to successfully complete the first level of play, the player must place all plates of food correctly before all of the lights expire on the plate counter. In subsequent puzzle levels, players choose the food item to be placed and adjust the numerical value of it.

Math Discussion Terms
Proportion, equation, ratios, equivalent

Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum Alignment

Standard 6.0 Knowledge of Number Relationships and Computation/Arithmetic
Topic C Number Computation
Indicator 3 Analyze ratios, proportions, and percents

Grade 7:
Objective a-Determine Equivalent Ratios

Grade 8:
Objective c-Solve problems using proportional reasoning

Lesson Plans

GRADE 7 DETERMINE RATIOS LESSON PLAN

GRADE 8 PROPORTIONAL REASONING LESSON PLAN

GRADE 8 PROPORTIONAL APPLICATIONS LESSON PLAN

Student Graphic Organizer for Cafeteria Puzzles



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