Lesson Plan

The True Cost of Owning a Car

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Almost every teen wants a car, but can they really afford one? The lesson walks pupils through how to identify a budget, find all of the costs associated with car ownership, and determine if they should buy the car or keep looking.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use bankrate.com to find loan rates for your area
  • Have pupils search for a car that would fit in their budget; if they don't have a job, assign a reasonable number for if they did have a job so they can complete the assignment
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires prior knowledge of how to solve equations with exponents
  • Provides guided practice problems, vocabulary, and answer keys
  • Includes all associated costs: tag/title/tax, insurance, maintenance, gas, and repairs
  • Formula on page two for negative exponents is incorrect; it should read a^-N = 1 / (a^N)