Integrate math into your Red Ribbon Week celebrations with this Just Say No Math Performance Task. The math performance tasks teaches students the importance of not smoking. I use this math performance task with my third graders every year during red ribbon week at my school, but it would be great for older students as well. The kids love the performance based math activity, and I love the meaningful learning and the depth of knowledge that is taking place during the lesson.
For this Red Ribbon Week Math Performance activity, students will calculate (using either addition or multiplication) the total cost of smoking cigarettes for the entire year. They will then "shop" for items they could purchase with that money rather than spending it on cigarettes. Older children or those with internet access, may search online for items to "purchase". For those without internet access or younger students, I have provided a shopping "catalog" for you to use. After students are finished shopping, they will calculate their total they have spent and see how many fun things their money could be spent on rather than cigarettes. As a follow-up activity, I have included a writing prompt where students will write about what they've learned and what they've "purchased". In this performance task activity I have included a color and black and white bulletin board label that you can copy, cut out and display on your board. This project looks great on a board. I have also included two versions on the data sheet- one for older students and one for younger. Don't worry if it sounds difficult, I have included instructions to help you and the students through every step.
This performance task is a great way to get your students thinking deeply about the lesson and integrates those level IV Depth of Knowledge questions that are sometimes a challenge to create. It incorporates math, science, health, technology and writing. Please email me with any questions and be sure to follow me at my store, Pocket Full of Posies, as new items are always being added.