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Money Management (BC)

Subject Area: Mathematics

Links to British Columbia Mathematics Curriculum:
  • A2 – demonstrate an understanding of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals (for more than 1-digit divisors or 2-digit multipliers, the use of technology is expected) to solve problems
  • A6 – demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction of integers, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically
Links to the New Learning Standards:
  • Implement multiple strategies to solve problems in both abstract and real-life situations using different cultural perspectives
  • Develop, construct, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Brief Overview of the Lesson:

The students will play a game on the Internet called “Math at the Mall.” This real life simulation game will give the students practice solving a variety of problems. They will visit a bank, a café, a toy store, and a gym. Using numeric operations, they must find percentages, use fractions, calculate tax, compare prices and make the correct change.

Estimated Time Required for Implementation:

One class period

Materials Needed:

Computers

Suggested Implementation Strategy:
  • Ask your students to raise their hands if they like going a mall.
  • Tell your students to find a partner and open the following web link.
  • They are to choose a character and spend the class period visiting a virtual mall. http://www.mathplayground.com/mathatthemall1.html
Options for Consideration:
  • Students may do this activity alone.
  • The teacher may use a Smart Board and make this a class activity.
Possible Links to the Home Program:
  • Age 11–13 — What Kind of Spender Are You?
  • Age 14–16 — Tracking Expenses and Managing Money
Extended Learning Opportunities: