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ProjectTemplate

Name

LisaLiPuma

Date

June2015

ProjectTitle

HowDoYouMakeItWork?

GradeLevel/SubjectArea(s)

5th/6thGrade

Purpose

Studentswillgetanideaoftheprocessofcreatinga

budget.Theywillapplytheirmathskillstomakedecisions

andsolve“real­life”problems.

Directions:

Youareabouttostartanewjobinanewcity.Youneed

tostartyourlifebydoingthefollowingtasks:

­Chooseyourcareerpath

­Findsomewheretolive

­Findamodeoftransportation(car,buspass,subway

pass,etc.)

­Createaweeklygasbudget

­Createyourmonthlygrocerylist

CCLS/ISTEStandards

Writesimpleexpressionsthatrecordcalculationswithnumbers,

andinterpretnumericalexpressionswithoutevaluatingthem.

Read,write,andcomparedecimalstothousandths.

Fluentlymultiplymulti­digitwholenumbersusingthestandard

algorithm.

ISTE.1A

Applyexistingknowledgetogeneratenewideas,products,

processes.

ISTE.1B

Createoriginalworksasameansorpersonalorgroup

expression.

ISTE.4A

Identifyanddefineauthenticproblemsandsignificantquestions

forinvestigation.

ISTE.4C

Collectandanalyzedatatoidentifysolutionsand/ormake

informeddecisions.

 

ISTE.4D

Usemultipleprocessesanddiverseperspectivestoexplore

alternativesolutions.

DesiredOutcome­Knowledge

Studentswillbeabletochooseacareerandlearnabout

theircareer.Whatisinvolvedinthiscareerfield?How

muchmoneywillyoumake?Whattypeoftrainingdoyou

need?Howmanystudentloanswillyouhavetopayoff?

Studentswilllearntheirincomeamountandusetheir

mathskillstobudgetfortheirmonthlycosts.

Studentswillchoosefromdifferenttypesofhomestolive

in,carstodrive,andotherexpenses.Theywilllearn

abouteachcostandseewhattheycanaffordbasedon

theincometheyhave.

DesiredOutcome­Skills

Studentswillusetheirbasicandcomplexmathskills.

Someoftheseskillsincludeadding,subtracting,

multiplying,anddividingdecimals,fractions,and

percentages.Studentswillusecommunicationskillswhen

learningabouttheircareerandmakingdecisionsabout

theirbudget.

EssentialQuestion(s)

Howdoyoumakeitwork?

Youareabouttostartanewjobinanewcity.Youneed

tostartyourlifebydoingthefollowingtasks:

­Chooseyourcareerpath

­Findsomewheretolive

­Findamodeoftransportation(car,buspass,subway

pass,etc.)

­Createaweeklygasbudget

­Createyourmonthlygrocerylist

ProjectPlan

Phase1:Activity(ies)tosetthe

Tosetthestagefortheprojectstudentswillparticipatein

stagefortheproject

careerdays.Differentadultsfromthecommunitywillvisit

forthedayandpresenttostudentsabouttheircareer.

Studentswillchoosethepresentationsthatinterestthem

mostandtheywilllearnallaboutthecareer:whattraining

isrequired?Isacollegedegreerequired?Whatarethe

mainresponsibilitiesofthejob?Attheendoftheday,

 

studentswillchooseonecareerfromthatdayastheir

favoriteandsomethingtheycanenvisionthemselves

doinginthefuture.

Phase2:Activity(ies)that

Afterlearningfromtheexperts,studentswillusethe

engagestudentsinlearning

websitehttp://www.careeronestop.org/tolearnmore

(includingfieldtrips,other

abouttheircareer.Specifically,studentswillbelooking

explorations,visitingexperts,

forhowmuchmoneythejobmakesandhowmuch

etc.)

trainingisrequired.Studentswillseethathigherpaying

jobsoftenrequiremoretimeandmoneyinthebeginning,

leavingmoremoneyyouoweintheend.Studentswill

takenotesabouttheircareerusinggraphicorganizers.

Basedontheircareerchoiceandsalary,theteacherwill assignstudentsadesignatedstudentloanpaymentthey mustmakeeachmonth(example:higherdegreeswill

owe$200.00/month,lesstimelydegreeswillowe

$50.00/month,nodegreeowesnone).

Onceeachstudentknowstheirmonthlysalaryandloan

payment,studentsarefreetobeing“settinguptheirlife.”

Teacherswillbeassigneddifferentroles:landlord,

grocerystore,cardealership,andgasstation.First,

studentswillexploretheirlivingoptions.Theywilllookat

differentpicturesofapartmentsandhomes,each

showingamonthlypaymentthatincludesrentandall

utilities.Basedontheircareerchoices,studentswill

decideonwheretheywanttoliveandwillpaythe

landlord.Thelandlordwilltellthemhowmanymilesaway

theirhomeisfromwork.

Next,studentswillvisitthecardealershipwheretheywill

decidewhichcartobuy,iftheywouldliketobuyany.

Theywillhavetoconsideryear,model,andgasmileage.

Atthecardealership,thecurrentcostofgas(pergallon).

Usingthemileagefromworkandhome,theywillhaveto

calculatehowmanymilestheyneedtodriveeachweek

forworkandhowmuchmoneytheymayneedtoset

asideforgas.Studentsmayalsopurchasetheirbusand

subwaypasshere.

Afterdecidingontransportation,studentswillgotothe

grocerystoreandgasstationtoseewhatgroceriesand

gastheywillneedfortheweek.Usingthecurrentgrocery

ads,studentswilldecidewhichgroceriestobuy.Included

withthegroceryadswillbediscounts,coupons,and

nutritionalinformationabouteachfood.Studentswill

 

createtheirlistandseehowmuchmoneytheywillhave leftforgas.Studentsmustkeepinmindthatsome groceriesmayneedtobepurchasedweeklywhilesome mayonlyneedtobeboughtmonthly.Certainfoodswill

have8%tax(sodapop),andstudentsmustcalculatethat

intotheirbill.Iftheycannotaffordgroceriesorgas,they

mayhavetogobacktotheirlandlordorcardealership

andreconsidertheiroptions.

Throughoutthisentireprocess,studentswillhavepaper

andaclipboardtodoshowtheirwork(adding,

subtracting,multiplying,etc.)Studentscandowhatever

theychoose(withinreason)tomaketheirbudgetwork

(becomeroommates,carpooltowork,etc.)

Phase3:Activity(ies)inwhich

Tofinishtheproject,studentswillcreateaposter

studentssharetheirknowledge

presentationoftheirchosenlife.Theywillincludephotos

inaculminatingevent,aswellas

oftheircareer,home,car,andgroceries.Theywill

reflectontheprojectandtheir

includeinformationabouttheircareerandtheirbudget.

learnings

Studentswillcometogetherasaclasstopresenttheir

chosenlife.Didtheymakeitwork?Studentswillshare

theirchosencareersandeachstepthroughtheir

budgetingprocess.Studentswillsharewithotherclasses

intheirgrade.

ProjectSchedule

TimeFrame

Objective

Task

Week1

Studentswilldemonstratetheability

Thetaskforstudentsinthisphaseis

toactivelylistentotheguest

toactivelylistentotheirguest

speakersaboutdifferentcareers.

speakers.Theyshouldtakenotes,

askquestions,andparticipatein

Studentswillchoosetheirfavorite

discussionaboutthepresented

careerofthatdaytofurther

career.Attheendofthe

research.

presentations,studentswillchoose

thecareerthatwasmostinteresting

tothem.

Studentswillbeabletouse

Thenexttaskisforstudentstofind

http://www.careeronestop.org/tofill

moreinformationontheircareer.

inthegraphicorganizerabouttheir

Theywillhaveguidedquestionsto

career.

answerintheirgraphicorganizer

aboutsalary,training,andjob

responsibilities.

   

Thefinaltaskthisweekisforstudents

Studentswillbeintroducedtothe

tobeintroducedtotheentireproject.

entire“HowDoYouMakeItWork?”

Studentscanaskallquestionsthey

project.

have.Studentswillbegiventheir

career,salary,andloanpayment

informationattheendofthisweek.

Week2

Studentswilldemonstratetheability

Studentswillmovefromroomtoroom

toproblemsolve.

astheycomparetheirdesiredlifestyle

totheirsalary.Theywillshowtheir

workastheybudgetwhattheycan

andcannotafford.Thiswilltake

multipleattemptsoftrialanderror.

Studentswilldemonstratetheability

Studentsspend3­4daysworkingwith

toworkcollaboratively.

theteachers(landlord,cardealer,

etc.)andotherstudentstocreatetheir

life.

Studentswillbeabletocreateand

Studentswillcreateaposterincluding

presentaposterincludingtheirfinal

picturesandinformationabouttheir

“life.”

job,home,transportation,grocerylist,

andgasexpenses.Thestudentswill

presenttotheclass,explainingtheir

thinkingprocessthroughoutthe

project.

Monitoring/AssessingtheProject

Benchmarks/Formative

Iwillcheckforunderstandingalongthewaybymeeting individuallywitheachstudenttoseetheprogressthey’ve madetowardasuccessfulbudget. Iwillbeusing checklistsforthestudentstoseethatthey’vehitcertain “deadlines”fortheproject.Forexample:studentsmust havefoundsomewheretolivebyacertainday(students maygobacktochangethisbasedontheirfurther exploration).

Assessments

AssessingtheProject(Include

IwillassesstheprojectbyusingarubricthatIpreviously gavethestudentswhichcontainswhatIamlookingforin theirbudgetandaseparaterubricfortheposter presentation.Someoftheserequirementsinclude:Iwas abletopaymymonthlyloanpayment,Ihaveenoughgas

money,Ihaveenoughnutrients(example:1productwith

rubric(s))

calcium)onmygrocerylist,etc.Iwouldalsoassessthe

 

studentsbyobservingtheirmathcomputationsand

assistingwherenecessary.Finally,Iwillassesstheir

overallposterandpresentation.

EvaluatingtheExperience

Iwillevaluatethestudentsexperiencebyaskingthemto

respondtoaticketoutthedoor.Theywillanswerall

questions:Whatwasyourfavoritepartofthisproject?

Whatpartsdidyoufinddifficult?Howmightyouchange

thisproject?Whatdidyoulearnfromthisproject?How

canyouusewhatyoulearnedinyourfuture?Iwillcollect

theirtickets.