# Gritty GATE Math - Nametag Project -- Decimals, Geometry, Graphic Design

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This was exactly the sort of math challenge I wanted for my students who think that school is full of math problems they can zip their way through. It’s easy! (insert evil teacher cackle) Ha, ha . . . Nope! It’s not now!

This little project takes grit and persistence, creativity, graphic design skills, and math skills. It’s real-life and hands-on, and will take several hours to complete.

Time: About 8 hours, depending . . .

My 5th graders wanted this to be a snap. They’re used to all this easy stuff, right? It looked cute and fun. Instead, they were scratching their heads as they tried to design the tags to specifications. They had to organize and interpret as they determined costs. They had to learn new skills. How the heck do you even find the area of a trapezoid . . . let alone draw one to specifications? How do you calculate a discount? Pay taxes? You gotta be kidding me! On top of this, they had to keep all the numbers organized and accurate for the accounting. The end result was satisfying, but it wasn’t easy getting there.

In this math project for GATE or advanced upper elementary and 6th and 7th grade, students design desktop nametags to fit specifications, choose from companies which will print the nametags, figure costs, receive “sales” based on their performance on a grading rubric, and then make a tax payment to the United States Treasury. Bonus activities further analyze income taxes. And, oh yeah . . . writing mathematically and logically is required!

Included are ready-to-print activity sheets, explanations, samples, a rubric, Common Core Math standards, and practically everything you’ll need to get going on this project tomorrow. Materials required are commonly found around the classroom or in the art room.
Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.
Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas 𝘝 = 𝘭 𝘸 𝘩 and 𝘝 = 𝘣 𝘩 to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
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