Picture This: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Jason Posted by Jason on January 27, 2011

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was a famous English children’s writer. He was born on this day back in 1832. One of his most recognised works was the novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865. The image below depicts the famous scene of the mad hatter’s tea party.


Credit: Lebrecht Music & Arts

Teaching Activity

Each student is hosting a hypothetical party for ten of their friends. Each guest must be provided with a drink (squash = 20p, lemonade = 25p), a sandwich (bread =15p, cheese = 50p, meat= 30p) and some sweets (fruit gums = 20p, bon bons = 15p).

Two of the friends are vegetarian. Another two don’t like squash. And one friend is not allowed to eat bon bons.

Using an electronic spreadsheet (this can also be done with a calculator, pen and paper), ask each student to work out the lowest possible cost for hosting the party for their ten friends.

Learner Outcomes

Planning, organising and data handling.

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