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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Financial Awareness for Math Students

Since April is Financial Awareness month, we thought we'd give you some teaching ideas for bringing financial awareness to your math classroom.

 Excel Math lessons provide lots of opportunities for students to learn about coins, dollars, decimals, making change, solving word problems dealing with money, calculating unit cost, etc. Excel Math Teacher Editions are also available in versions for: Our Grades 1 - 6 Excel Math Texas Teacher Editions include a reproducible Budget Worksheet to help students develop a system for keeping and using financial records and to learn to balance a budget when expenses exceed income. Older students learn to calculate interest, sales tax, and percents.

 Here's a word problem from one of our Excel Math lessons to help students calculate the cost of a day of roller skaing. Feel free to share it with your students. Excel Math Expanded Word Problem

 Excel Math also has more indepth word problems called Create A Problem. This feature lets students express their own understanding of a story problem, explore various problem-solving techniques, finish longer story problems, and eventually write their own problems. These exercises merge math and literacy. We start with simple stories and give students a chance to observe what is happening in the story. They then use those observations to solve problems. Later in the curriculum we ask students to create a problem or two, and make up their own CheckAnswer. Grade 4 Excel Math Create A Problem
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