STEM Friday (On a Tuesday): Real World Math Activity

Today, students participated in a real world activity to practice counting money and making change.  The activity involved applying for a job, earning a salary, cashing a check from the bank, and spending money using exact change or making change at the market.  It was a great capstone project to not only practice our money skills, but also experience how math is applied in the real world.

To begin the activity, students had to apply for jobs. Jobs included teacher assistants, store associates, store clerks, store managers, bank tellers, bank managers, and a police officer to monitor the halls. Teacher assistants assisted various teachers at RCSAI to complete a specific task. Once the task was complete, students received an envelope with their checks inside. They could then cash their checks at the bank. The bank teller and bank manager were to collect the checks and distribute the correct amount of money. Finally, students were able to use their money at the store. At the store, students had two options: use exact change to pay for an item or pay with more to get change. The store clerks and store manager were responsible for making sure all sale transactions were accurate and issuing correct change to customers.

Students had such a great time doing this activity.  It was much more meaningful than completing mundane workbook pages.