A Consumer Math
for the Modern Student
A consumer math curriculum that supports lower-level readers in navigating real world financial situtations.
Forget teaching from an outdated textbook or overly challenging box-style educational program, this curriculum has been specifically designed for high school and transition age students who learn best from simple and clear language, real-life examples, and mature design.
This 1,150+ page curriculum includes 26 lesson units and 4 cumulative projects to teach today's modern student.
Lesson Units Include:
- Four and five day lesson plans
- Flow chart which shows how all consumer math topics are intertwined
- Student notes cover page with brain teaser
- 1 page introductory reading passage
- Reading passage comprehension questions
- Writing prompts to activate prior knowledge
- Two levels of notes (differentiated)
- Guided notes
- Guided practice activity
- Independent pracitce actvity
- Two levels of assessment (differentiated)
- Word search
- 16 Task cards (also available as Boom Cards with automatic grading)
- 6 Question functional math review
- Answer keys
The curriculum also includes four (4) cumulative projects where students choose a desired job (such as an entry level position) and base all other financial decisions from an average expected income. Each project simulates how to draft a personal budget as a young adult to mimic as realistically as possible a real-life experience.
The purposeful design of each project keeps previously learned skills top of mind through repeition and meaningful application which are necessary for skill retention.
"These materials were great to use with my students in their junior and senior years to help to introduce them to concepts of consumer mathematics. Although all students in my state are required to take a personal finance component in their senior year of social studies, my students with the most severe disabilities do not often gain much from those lessons due to a lack of understanding and scaffolding. This is not at the fault of the teachers, who do their best to support the students, but because the curriculum expects that the students have already taken and passed Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. This makes it challenging for students with moderate to severe disabilities to become fully enmeshed in the experience. These materials are provided in a way that makes them easily and readily accessible to a variety of learners. 10/10 would recommend."
Lesson Unit Topics
- Bank Services (Personal Banking)
- Buying a Car
- Checking Account
- College Class and Tuition
- Comparison Shopping
- Debit Card
- Filing Taxes
- Goal Setting
- Income Tax
- Loan and Credit Card
- Meal Prep
- Monthly Food
- Public Transportation
- Sales Tax
- Savings Account
- Time Management
- Trip Planning
"I always struggle with finding age appropriate functional math lessons for my students with significant disabilities. This is an outstanding resource that I started to use already and will use throughout the entire year."
Age Appropriate Design
Honors the chronological age of the student, mature font, clutter-free design, custom graphics, and colors fitting for older students
Routine With Variety
With just enough variation in each unit, students and teachers will learn the flow of the learning routine without growing bored
Built from personal knowledge of the financial skills young adults need, this curriculum was drafted, tested, and refined in my own classroom
"I am not done with this yet, but as we cruise through the ideas of personal finance, my Seniors are actually engaged! I thought at first they would see the packets as "lame" but they are all in and asking questions. This must have been quite a project to create and I am very thankful for you sharing it."
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"This curriculum is exactly what I was looking for this school year! Everything you need is there waiting for you. I teach in a Catholic school that does not have a Special Education program, but students with special needs. This will get those students prepared better for life after high school than anything we had available. Thank you for putting this together!"
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"This is my first year teaching Business Math and this was such a lifesaver! The students in my resource room are engaged in the lessons and feel successful because the difficulty is appropriate for them."
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"This is a game changer for a first time teacher teaching any life skills math. These lessons are easy to follow and so engaging the kids love the fact there is discussion and real life example moments given to them. The ongoing project also fits into our building/district senior capstone requirement perfectly. I do not have enough good things to say about this product. AMAZING!!!!!"
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