This is why I love teaching the multiplication counting principle--it is easy for students to understand and easy to make connections to the real world. After I teach the multiplication counting principle, I have students break-up into groups and create a restaurant to answer the following questions.
1) Name a restaurant you and your group will open
2) Create a menu with at least 2 different food categories
3) Find the total number of combinations available at your restaurant using…
a. the Multiplication Principle of Counting
b.a tree diagram
4) Write and solve a probability problem pertaining to your eatery
This activity also serves as a great refresher of past concepts and reinforcing how each is different but connected at the same time!