***The Million Dollar Project: Project Based Learning Activities! Fun and Engaging!***
In this project-based learning activity, students will be placed in the role of their future selves, with a kid their age, but there's an even bigger catch! They will be faced with the scenario of inheriting a million dollars!
Students will be engaged in problem-solving many new life decisions with all this money. They can investigate the stock market, buy new cars and houses, invest, donate to charity and much much more.
This product comes Google Classroom-ready, and also includes a printable pdf. copy for convenient options. Each slide can be used as a stand-alone lesson on researching the ins and outs of everything from college tuition, car purchases, buying a home, investments, travel, and charitable donations. It doesn't get more real-world than this... except for inheriting a million dollars... still waiting for that to happen!
***Table of Contents: (Each item is a different slide that can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour)
1.Charitable Donations- Students must research many credible charities and donate at least 10% of their inheritance to a charity of their choice. Students will compute percentages and understand the relationships between numbers.
2. Buying a new Home- Your students will need to investigate current real estate in their local market and spend a portion of their money on a new house. This is a fun activity where students can research how much houses cost in their area and spend wisely on this large purchase.
3. Vacation: Hotel- Students will research their dream vacation and start out by looking up hotel prices and destinations. This is a highly engaging task where students are able to find actual hotels and prices all while learning about geography around the world.
4. Vacation: Plane Tickets- Getting there is half the trick, students will need to decide how much they want to spend on family airline tickets. They will continue their research on best prices for plane tickets and realize the expenses of lavish vacation planning. Students will need to plan carefully and learn about time zone changes.
5. Vacation: Food- Let's face it, sometimes the best memories involve eating! Your students will love planning their evenings out by sinking their teeth into a big, juicy steak! Students will put their math skills to use ordering off of real restaurant menus and by calculating the totals of their family meals. Don't forget to tip!
6. Vacation: Miscellaneous Activities- Bowling, sporting events, site seeing tours, and more! The sky is the limit! Your students will carefully plan entertainment for their dream vacation as they research local attractions of their chosen destination. Broadway? The Louvre? Disneyworld? All great options if they can find the price of admission and have room in their budget!
7. College Tuition- Time to pay it forward so little Billy can go off to College. Students will research the costs of Universities, Room and Board, and other expenditures to ensure their child has the best life they deserve. Students will be linked to a master list of colleges and universities around the country that include up to date tuition prices. Is Ivy League in their child's future?
8. Cars- Honda? Porsche? There's no wrong choice as long as they have the bucks to spend! Your students will love researching car prices, calculating license and taxes by their state as they are directed in this assignment. Vroom Vroom!
9. Other (Stock Market, Investments, Extra Purchases) What to do with that leftover cash? Wait, what leftover cash?
10. Grand Total and Reflection- It's time to put together all the calculations and make sure there's some money left to live on. This is also a time to make reflections on the choices that were made and the money that was spent.
Students will surely be engaged as they take on the task of a large inheritance. There are endless ways to differentiate this to students in grades 4-7 and even beyond. This will put their writing, math skills, and research skills to the test. This is a great project to use in groups, independently, as an enrichment activity or as guided lessons. The choice is up to you.
I hope this project meets your expectations! I would love to hear from you in the review/comment section on the product listing.
The Teacher Dude!
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