FOUR fun projects to get your students doing math in REAL WORLD scenarios.
1) Fixer Upper (Area, Conversions, Volume, and Percents)
Students work through math problems based on scenarios about purchasing and renovating a fixer upper. They have to work within a budget to choose their finishings and renovations.
2) Family Budget Project (Percents, Proportions, Formulas, Pie Chart)
In this family budget project, students will learn how to manage their money and budget for a young family. From rent, utilities, car payments, and childcare costs, to groceries, health care, cell phones, and savings, students will keep track of where there money is going, and how much they have left over. Students will uses math skills including percents, proportions, formulas, and statistical analysis to manage their money. This is a great project to help adolescents learn about adulthood and give them REAL LIFE MATH experience!
2) Percent Project - Personal Shopper (Percents, Discounts, Taxes)
In this project, students will use their knowledge of percents, discounts, taxes, and percent change to make a good purchase. Students will work collaboratively to prepare a presentation where they will interview to become a personal shopper! Included are three different scenarios for the groups to analyze. Students will make a poster showing the mathematics behind their decision, and make a verbal argument as to why they should be chosen as the personal shopper.
Not only do students get to practice their math skills, but they learn a very valuable interpersonal lesson on how to work with others and communicate clearly. Students will also have the opportunity to practice interviewing for a job, a skill that they will need to develop for future employment.
3) Summer Road Trip (Ratios, Rates, Proportions)
Your students will use their knowledge of ratios, rates, proportions, and percents to help plan a summer road trip for “Debbie”.
Task #1 : Calculate Total Miles Traveled
Task #2: Choose Car Rental
Task #3: Snack Shopping
Task #4: Hotel Costs
Task #5: City Attractions
Task #6: Miscellaneous Expenses