Sarah Hostage

To help students develop mathematics skills through real-world applications, Ms. Hostage and Ms. Shannon develop a project-based unit on personal finance. Students learn about financial terms, checking accounts, and how to create a budget. To address standards focusing on fractions and decimals, students compare states’ sales tax rates, learn to compute a tip as part of a purchase, and investigate the principles of compound and simple interest. Applying these skills, students design a model family based on their chosen profession and create a financial report for the family that includes all possible expenses, savings, and investments. Students use technology to produce graphs of their budgets and create a multimedia presentation of their financial report.