If you teach seniors then you know you that there comes a point when you’ve lost their attention. Senioritis hits big time and one of the events that preoccupies their mind is PROM. So if they’re already talking about it and interested in it, why not get them to do some math with it?!
This project is meant to be done by anyone, not just high school seniors. Students will have to undergo four tasks to figure out a total cost of attending prom including attire, transportation, ticket prices, and after prom activities.
Teachers: group students into groups of no more than four students per group. The students will have a fixed budget for their prom expenses based on their birthday month. For example: Jenny, Karl, Melissa, and Joe are all in a group. Their birthdays are in January, April, August, and November respectively. They will add the numbers of their birthday month: 1 + 4 + 8 + 11 = 24 and then find the average of these numbers: here it will be 24/4 = 6. They will take that number and multiply it by 187.63 (just a random number!) to figure out their total budget. They cannot spend more money than what’s in their budget, but at the same time they must use all of their money (they can keep at most $50 at the end of project for miscellaneous spending).
The students must figure out what percentage of their budget was spent on each task and display this information in the form of a pie chart.
They will have to use the internet, magazines, etc. to find not only what they’re purchasing, but from where, how much it costs, and include a picture/clipping of it. They will complete their project and turn it in as either a PowerPoint presentation (for the techies), report format, or poster board (for the more artistic).
They must also go online to find out the national average spent on prom, the average for their region and/or state, and must ask an adult in their life how much they spent on prom and whether they feel it was worth it.
This project will keep your kiddos engaged for about four hours. You can have each present their project if you’d like. They can even come in formal attire the day they present and you can have them bring mini hors d'oeuvres! Check of course with your school’s administration to not violate uniform policy.
Make one copy per team of the project directions. Make one copy PER STUDENT of the Prom Budget Analysis Project Web Quest & Reflection Worksheet (front and back).
Rubric is included for easy grading. Check out the preview file for complete details before buying.