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Students determine their cost of living. In this determining their cost of living lesson, students think of ten necessary things they would need if they moved out of their parents house. Students research the cost of renting an apartment, utilities, groceries, care insurance, and other expenses. Students write a reflection about their findings and make a circle graph of their expenses.
Middle schoolers investigate the use of math in everyday life. They investigate several occupations and pay scales. They complete spreadsheets that show how monthly bills can be organized using technology. They use word processing software to organize their thoughts and complete the final project about consumer economics.
Learners analyze the costs and benefits of owning a home. Using the cost-benefit analysis, they discover ways to reduce the costs of home ownership. They identify factors that affect the cost of mortgages and practice calculating them using different interest rates. They practice reading and interpreting charts as well.
Learners explore the concept a higher education yields higher earnings. Throughout the class, students visit six workstations and examine occupations, education, salaries, spending, banking, and taxes. As learners rotate through the stations, they simulate life: earning money, paying bills, finding housing, transportation, and creating a budget. Students discuss how they felt about settling for less than they wanted or having enough with some left over.
Students compare aspects of daily life from the mid-19th century with those of today to contrast life then and now. They study newspaper advertisements for housing and clothing from then and now and create and illustrate their own apartment and clothing ads for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Students explore financial planning. In this financial plan lesson, students read real-world problems from a current newspaper. They discuss methods for paying off debt, consolidating debt, computing net worth, and increasing cash flow. After research and discussion, students participate in a real-life simulation and determine the best way to handle the financial dilemma.
Students listen to a book, "This is My House" and sing a song to the tune of Home on the Range. They use the internet to view examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. Students take pictures of architectural details of their homes or communities and use these as a basis for a writing assignment.