McDonald's Breakfast Community Trip

Last month was "Fast Food month" in my classroom. This year I'm trying something new and trying to focus on more functional themes than cutesy elementary themes. Our community trip was to McDonald's. I figured it would be a nice easy trip for the beginning of the year.

Check out this awesome fast food pack available here that you can use to prepare to a fast food restaurant like McDonalds!

Each student had $3.30 to budget. We looked over the menu I created with our options (aka the cheap options) and the amount of money needed for each.
Also, students cut out what they wanted to order so they could use these strip to order verbally, and then pass it on to the cashier. This worked out great for the cashiers because they couldn't always understand my kids. I was so proud of my kids when they ordered and handed over their money!

After they were done eating we went on a scavenger hunt to find things like the bathrooms, napkins, and other signs. It was a great trip!


  1. This is a great idea! We need to teach kids how to function outside of the school walls. Keep up the awesome work.

    1. Thank you Kristy! I agree - my goal this year is to do one community trip a month, because those are the real life experiences we are really preparing them for!

  2. Hi! I'm trying to start some CBI trips with my students soon. I love your ideas and the activities you have going along with them! One question- where do you get the funding for the trips? For instance, the $3.30 used for food- did you have parents send the money or did the district fund that? Thanks! I look forward to hearing about more ideas you have.

    1. Thanks Taylor! My program has a work program for our kids where they make greeting cards that are sold to members in the community (students parents, other teachers, school members, etc). The profits from that are used for our community trips. We also hold bake sales during lunch periods which helps raise money for trips. Hope that helps give you some ideas!!


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