Back to School Math Project DIGITAL

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Engage your 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in back-to-school activities with a fun research project designed to teach students essential budgeting skills. This math project-based learning activity is both digital and easy to use, making it a perfect addition to your classroom at the start of the school year. By incorporating Google Slides, this activity is entirely paperless, ensuring a seamless and environmentally friendly experience.

Not only does this project help students understand how to budget money, but it also provides a comprehensive learning experience that integrates real-world applications into the classroom. Through hands-on activities, students will navigate through various budgeting scenarios, enhancing their financial literacy and critical thinking skills. This interactive approach to learning ensures that students are engaged and motivated, fostering a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

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How to Use the Back-to-School Math Project:

(Please note that access to computers is mandatory for completing the project.)

To begin, the teacher will hand each student a check (included in the materials) representing the amount they are allotted to spend on the project. Students will then be tasked with shopping for back-to-school supplies across several categories, which helps them apply budgeting skills in a practical context. Additionally, a writing activity accompanies the project for teachers who wish to incorporate literacy skills. Once students complete their projects, they can present their findings and strategies to the class, promoting public speaking and presentation skills.

This project is highly versatile and can be used as a whole unit or broken into smaller segments to fit the specific needs of your classroom. Whether used for individual work or group collaboration, this project provides a robust framework for engaging students in meaningful learning.

Included in the Back-to-School Math Project:

    • Planning Pages: Students will use these pages to organize their thoughts and plan their budget.
    • Guide for Comparing Prices: This guide helps students learn how to evaluate different pricing options critically.
    • Comparing Prices Log: A log for students to record and compare prices of various items.
    • Sample Lists to Guide Students: These lists provide examples to help students get started.
    • Writing Activity with Pre-Writing Organizer: An optional activity that integrates writing skills with the budgeting project.
    • Cost Sheets: Tools for students to keep track of their spending.
    • Reflection Questions: Questions designed to help students reflect on their learning process and budgeting decisions.
    • Rubrics for Teacher Evaluation: Rubrics to assist teachers in evaluating the project and presentations.
    • Rubrics for Student Peer Evaluation: Rubrics for students to provide feedback on their peers’ projects.

While this product might present a challenge for some 4th graders, it is well-suited for advanced or gifted 4th-grade students. Generally, it is recommended for use in 5th-grade classrooms and up through middle school. By engaging students in this project, teachers can help foster a practical understanding of budgeting that students will carry with them beyond the classroom,

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me at Marcy’s Mayhem.


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