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# Percents and Shopping Real Life Algebra Project

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Objective:
Almost every time students or adults go shopping, they will find items that are on sale. These items have been marked down a certain percent. Almost everyone has to pay sales tax when you purchase items. This project will help students to see some applications of percent's in everyday life.
• To find the original price of an item given sales price and percent discount.
• To find the sales price of an item given original price and percent discount.
• To find the percent discount of an item given original price and sales price.

Directions:
Students will find three different items that are on sale from an advertisement in the newspaper. The ad/documentation can only have two of the following: original price, sale price or percent of savings. It cannot have all three. Students will create a booklet containing the following information: a cover sheet, project summary, documentation of the ads, and a balance sheet.

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This is a project that I created for my Honors Algebra I 9th grade class. It could easily be used at any grade that percent's are taught. My students attend a public optional (magnet) high school in Memphis Tennessee.

I am flexible about how they put the project together however I found over time that I don't allow internet ads. There were too many bogus ads when I accepted a printout from the internet so I stopped allowing internet ads. I bring newspapers from home for students to go through so they can't use the excuse "we don't get the newspaper so I can't do the project." I go into much greater detail on the project sheet. The download is the actual rubric/project sheet that I give to students.

The most amazing comments show up in the project summary. One of my favorites is when a 9th grader says to me "I never knew how to find sales tax before now, thank you for showing me how to find sales tax on something that I buy at a store." Also I offer extra credit for parent comments, this is to get parents to see what their child is doing in school and hopefully they will check over the project for mistakes. I get some of the neatest comments from parents.

Sometimes I think the project is too simple for a 9th grader but I am always amazed at their comments and in the long run it’s just a neat way to teach a real life concept to kids that they will use in their everyday day someday!
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2 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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