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Includes 20 task cards, bankbook page and worksheet (if you'd rather give as homework, but if they get 1 wrong, they're all wrong so it's better with pairs, groups or whole group).
Students balance their "Transaction Log" page by solving 20 real world problems starting with a $100 gift from their grandparents. As they move forward they are asked to solve word problems by multiplying, adding and subtracting fractions and decimals. As any child would, their account does go into a negative balance a quite a few times. The activity ends with students winning $1,000 on a scratch ticket. Then they are asked to write the next 4 transaction word problems on their own using their $1,000 winnings!
Because they must get them all right, it's best to start it with them (20 minutes about) and have students carousel around the room WITH a partner AND check with the teacher every few questions to be sure they're on the right path. I also recommend solving over the course of multiple days or center rotations.