This is an enrichment project I created that can be used to help push higher level math thinkers in grades 4 and 5 to the next level of real-world math application.
**Now includes full answer key for easy correcting!**
In this project, students are given the task to hire the new staff members of a new school. In this packet, there is a table of teachers and other staff members and their salaries based on the colleges they attended. Students will need to choose which college they want to hire from – but they can only choose ONE college to hire from! Each college pays different salaries, so students will have to calculate which college will give the best deal for all your staff members on your budget before they decide. Their total budget is $100,000.
Students will also answer questions about the data, be asked to create a line plot using the data, calculate total cost and surplus of their budget.
The product also includes a space for students to show their work, as well as questions for students to answer about the table they completed. A teacher rubric is included to assess student work. A student reflection rubric and survey are also included to give you feedback about your students' experience with the project. This can be used as a classroom enrichment project, small group project, or even homework based on your students.
Skills assessed include:
-solving multiple step word problems
-adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers
-multiplying fractions by whole numbers
-comparing fractions of whole numbers
-creation of line plots using given data