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Mooz Diner Activity
- • Letter from Planet Mooz
- • Blank menu template (for students)
- • Filled-in menu template (for educators)
- • Construction paper (or any other type of paper-colored is best), scissors, glue, tape markers, crayons, etc.
- • 3D materials for the food if available (clay, cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, paper towel tubes, popsicle sticks, old containers)
- Read through the entire activity.
- Print letter and menu template (enough menu templates for each student to have one). If you have time, fold the menu in half so the diner information is on one side and menu info is on the back.
- Gather materials.
- Decide how you’ll group your students! (Check out some fun ideas here.)
- Tell the students that you’ve received communication from an alien planet. Then read the Planet Mooz letter. Try to get them excited about this opportunity!
- Let the students know that they are going to design the diner menu and name the diner for Planet Mooz in groups. Remember that it’s important to be creative, since Moozians don’t eat the same things we do. They can’t put things on the menu that we have on our menus. Think outside the box and combine dishes, like ice cream with fried pizza sticks on the side or choose weird animal foods, like fried slugs as an appetizer. Encourage them to be creative and invent foods never thought of before, because this is how entrepreneurs think.
- Tell the students they must have at least 8 things on the menu, but they can have more if there’s time and room (2 drinks, 2 appetizers, 2 main dishes, 2 desserts). They have to come up with prices and design the items using construction paper or whatever materials you have on hand. Let them know that they will be pretending to be Moozians and order and eat the diner food they make, testing out their diners when they’re finished creating their menus and food.
- Pair the students up however you’d like, and pass out the blank diner menu template. Instruct them to follow along as you read the Entrepreneur’s Mindset box out loud. Have them read it with you a second time and point out that during the lesson, they may notice themselves using this mindset. The mindset will be discussed in-depth during post activity questions.
- This menu is meant to be folded in half and then stapled or glued as if it were a two-sided document. One side will have the diner info and the back will have the menu. The students could also glue the sides together once the paper is folded in half.”
- The filled-in menu template is there for you to look at, so you can have ideas to help the students if they get stuck. Their menu can look different from this template. Let them know that if they want to make their menu from scratch instead of using the template, they can do that as well. The template is just a guide.
Encourage the students to make their menu creative and colorful, whether using the template or creating their own. If you would like for them to create a plan or rough draft first on scrap paper, feel free to do that if time permits, or give them a new, clean copy of the menu template. Give them about 15 minutes to design their menu. Walk around the room and support the students who need it.
- After you check their final menu, have them begin creating their food items. The food can be 2D, but, to make the role-play more realistic, try to have the students create 3D food for their customers if you have the appropriate materials. Even paper can be shaped into 3D food items. They need to make 1 of each item on their menu. Tell the students that the food items don’t need to look perfect given the time constraint. Give them another 15 minutes for making food items.
- When finished creating their menus and paper food, gather everyone together to share their new food items.
Post Activity Discussion
Ask the students how this entire process went. Here are some sample questions to ask them:
- Did you find yourself or anyone else using the Entrepreneur’s Mindset during the activity? How?
- Did anything frustrate you when you were inventing new foods for your menu?
- Did you enjoy creating the menu with your partner?
- Are you proud of your menu and play food?
- How did the role play go?
- Were you surprised that you were able to come up with new ideas?
- At first, did you think you wouldn’t be able to come up with ideas? Were you eventually able to?
- How did you come up with new ideas?
- What are other silly things you could create for Planet Mooz?