As we wrapped up our unit on addition skills, I thought it would be fun to let my students explore some “real world” spending! Our math series suggested giving students a $1,000 budget where they needed to buy 3 electronics items for the family. I sent a note out ahead of time asking families to save their electronics ads, and we gathered quite a collection!
I gave the students the prompt and asked them to glue it into their math notebooks.
|I reminded students to try to keep their work organized as they worked!|
In addition to simply SPENDING the money, I asked them to organize their work into a table and to be ready to determine exactly how close to $1,000 they could get (Differentiation time–not all students needed to do this…it was presented as an “extra” which students do if they get the main part of the problem finished.) The students were super motivated and got right to work!