Students get thrown into a real life problem with this project! The scenario the students work through is a concrete company that has suddenly lost a vital employee. The company is in need of providing a quote to a customer ASAP for a basement, driveway, and garage floor. Students are provided with dimensions and price points for different thicknesses of concrete. Based on this information, they are to come up with a proposed price for the customer.
The work doesn’t stop there! The company doesn’t want to have to start from scratch every time a customer needs a bid. Therefore, students are asked to develop equations for the price of concrete if given the dimensions of the walls.
For this project, students will apply area, volume, functions, tables, graphs, Excel (optional), and presentation skills.
The product includes a student handout, team roles, a sample rubric, and an answer key.
While the standards covered in this project are 7th grade level (7.EE.B.4, 7.G.B.6), the activity can be easily enriched at higher levels by asking students additional questions about functions (meaning of domain and range), tables, and graphs.
Supplies that you may want to have for students are: graph paper, calculators, markers, technology for presentations, “posters”, glue, scissors, tape.