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# Using Unit Rates to Save Money

## Description

Overview:
Planning for the future is a difficult task for most. This lesson ask the learner to participate in role-play and to assume the role of someone who has just graduated and accepted a job and to develop a budget where the goal is to save for a vacation to be taken in a year’s time. The role that the learner is asked to assume is Madison. The name was chosen specifically because it is a unisex name. The character, Madison, has just graduated, but the story intentionally does not reveal the credential that was achieved. The learner is asked to develop a budget with the salary and withheld taxes already established. For learners living in a rural area, the salary may seem high for a recent graduate, but for a learner from an urban area, the salary may seem low. Along with assuming this identity comes the tasks of making decisions for him/her. The actual math problems have definitive answers which are provided for the instructor, but the decisions enable the learner to develop a unique budget. Unit rate is used to help the learner visualize the decisions that are made on a daily basis that may impact savings. Problems included ask the learner to make decisions about housing, transportation, health, and spending. The variety of problems enable the learner to compute unit rates and understand how quantities can be measured in different units. The instructor is a facilitator only, examples of calculations are included in the materials for guidance.
Subject:
Mathematics
Level:
Middle School, Adult Education
Grades:
Grade 6
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Date Added:
01/18/2017
License:
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Language:
English
Media Format:
Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

# Comments

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Amanda Ireland
on Nov 06, 09:48am Evaluation

# CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.1: Strong (2)

While the ratios are not clearly defined in the lesson for the students, they are consistently working to find the ratios. When teaching this lesson, I added an introduction introducing the vocabulary term and the definition with examples.

Amanda Ireland
on Nov 06, 09:48am Evaluation

# Opportunities for Deeper Learning: Limited (1)

Creating a monthly budget is a great exercise for adult education students as many of them have never done it before, but this lesson tried to do too much in one lesson. Save the budget for a later lesson and provide more practice with comparison shopping. Comparison shopping is an important skill to acquire for all adult education students.

Amanda Ireland
on Nov 06, 09:48am Evaluation

# Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises: Strong (2)

The Comparing Prices, Gasoline, and Public Transportation handouts provided students with ample opportunities to practice ratios.

Amanda Ireland
on Nov 06, 09:48am Evaluation

# Quality of Technological Interactivity: Not Applicable (N/A)

We used the Excel spreadsheet, but this lesson does not use any technology beyond that.

Amanda Ireland
on Nov 06, 09:48am Evaluation

# Quality of Assessments: Limited (1)

The completed budget in no way demonstrated that students had mastered the concept of ratios.

Amanda Ireland
on Nov 06, 09:48am Evaluation

# Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching: Limited (1)

Lengthy instructions for students to work through to complete the budget. We spent more time trying to figure out the next step then we did working with ratios. Again, I would skip creating the budget and just comparison shop if I was teaching this lesson again.

Amanda Ireland
on Nov 06, 09:48am Evaluation

# Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter: Limited (1)

The lesson focuses more on creating a budget than it does on ratios. In fact, the next time I do this lesson I would leave out creating the budget entirely and just have students comparison shop. The budget is not necessary and adds to student confusion as some of the comparison shopping decisions are not used in the budget calculations.