Category: Math

Math Monday: Explore Financial Algebra

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Aug 22, 2021
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Math
Last Thursday, we released two units of the new Financial Algebra course - Checking & Linear Equations and Saving & Systems of Equations. Check out the curriculum now on NGPF’s Financial Algebra course page! At our launch event, teachers previewed upcoming topics, dove into lesson resources, and shared their ideas for implementation.  What are teachers saying? ...about the VPD session ..about the course Missed the launch event? Don’t worry, you can still attend...

Math Monday: Introducing Financial Algebra!

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Aug 08, 2021
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Math
The math team is so excited to be sharing our latest project with you - Financial Algebra! On August 19th, we’ll be releasing the first two units of this engaging and relevant semester-long math course. Register now to be the first to explore these new units: Checking & Linear Equations and Saving & Systems of Equations. In this session, you’ll hear more about the course structure, upcoming topics, and release dates, plus have the opportunity to explore the curriculum! What...

Math Monday: Solving Equations and Loans

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Jul 25, 2021
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Math
Solving equations is a high-leverage math skill that can take a lot of practice for students. In today’s Math Monday, we’ll cover one more activity for you to have ready the next time you need to review solving equations.  The Activity: In MATH: Loan Repayments Using Simple Interest, students practice identifying key values from word problems, substituting those values into equations, and solving for a variable.  In the Edpuzzle video, Abby breaks down how to calculate the...

Math Monday: Unit Price

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Jul 11, 2021
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Math
In this Math Monday, we’ll cover one of my favorite math activities - MATH: Unit Price. Calculating unit price is a practical skill that students can immediately use as a valuable shopping hack. It’s also timely, as the news is filled with stories about inflation, cost of living, and shrinkflation. By calculating unit price, students can keep an eye on how much their purchases really cost.  The Activity:  Students practice calculating unit price using real-world examples...

MATH MONDAY: Math Resource Directory

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Jun 27, 2021
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Math
With summer in full swing, you may be thinking about the big-picture for your classes, rather than tomorrow’s lesson plan. Today, we’ll look at the Math Resource Directory, which can help you plan for the year ahead.  The Math Resource Directory The Math Resource Directory links to all NGPF’s activities that include both math and personal finance. Using the Directory, you can browse activities by math topic, personal finance topic, and activity type.  To access the...

Math Monday: Summer Recommendations

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Jun 13, 2021
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Math
As the school year winds to a close, it’s often a time of celebration and reflection. Rather than exploring an instructional activity, this Math Monday will share a few recommendations for building your teacher toolkit, while still saving lots of time for summer relaxation.  Books Rethinking Mathematics by Eric Gutstein and Bob Peterson Power In Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians by Shelly M....

MATH MONDAY: Compound Interest

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May 30, 2021
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Math
In the last two Math Mondays, we covered exponential growth and decay. This week, we’re shifting slightly to exponential functions’ fun neighbor - compound interest.  Compound interest is a rich topic with abundant real-world applications. Today, we’ll highlight three fun classroom activities that will help your students master compound interest, followed by some additional extension activities. Activity 1: Compound Interest in Savings Accounts The lesson MATH: Compound...

Math Monday: Two Real-World Applications of Exponential Decay

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May 16, 2021
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Math
It can be hard to make exponential decay relevant for students - there are only so many times you can talk about the half-lives of radioactive isotopes. Today, we’ll walk through how you can make exponential functions engaging with cars, money, and candy.  If you’re looking for activities on exponential growth, check out our last Math Monday, plus stay tuned for an upcoming post compound interest.  Activity 1: Car Depreciation In MATH: Depreciation of Car Value, students...

Math Monday: Exponential Growth in Investing

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May 02, 2021
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Math
Are you looking for a way to make exponential functions relevant for your students? Over the next three Math Mondays, we’ll cover how to use NGPF’s MATH activities to teach exponential growth, decay, and compounding interest with real-world applications.  In today’s math activity, students will learn to calculate the exponential growth of different investments using the formula y = abx. Check it out in MATH: Exponential Growth in Investments or view the MATH Collection...

MATH MONDAY: Return on Investment [Investing | Order of Operations]

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Jan 10, 2021
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Math
Return on Investment (ROI) is a percentage that tells you the relationship between how much you spent on an investment and how much you get back from that investment. Calculating these percentages is helpful in seeing whether or not your investment is worth it! In this activity, students will practice calculating ROIs on investment options by practicing order of operations and interpreting percentages. View the MATH Collection: In today’s math activity, students will learn calculate ROI!...

MATH Monday: Discounts and Composite Functions [Budgeting]

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Jan 03, 2021
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Math
We love saving money on the things we buy!  Discounts can come in many forms but some of the most common are percent discounts and coupons with a set dollar amount.  How these discounts are applied, especially when used in combination with other discounts, will affect the price you ultimately pay for your purchase. View the MATH Collection: In today’s math activity, students will learn how to create composite functions! Check it out in MATH: Discounts and Composite Functions....

Best of 2020: Most Visited NGPF Unit Pages

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Dec 23, 2020
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FinCap Friday, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Investing, Math, Credit Scores, Savings, Paying for College
Our Unit Pages are the most visited pages on the NGPF website, which had over 5 million pageviews in 2020. Why are these pages so popular? Teachers tell us it's because they can see all NGPF resources on a given topic (unit) on ONE page. So, whether you are looking for 45 or 90 minute lessons or just individual resources (activities, projects, FinCap Fridays, questions of the day, case studies or math activities), you can find them on the unit page.  Here were the unit pages that...

MATH Monday: Compound Interest Pitfalls [Financial Pitfalls]

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Dec 13, 2020
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Math
Compound interest is great...until it isn’t.  The same mathematical principle that helps you build wealth in saving and investing can also work against you when it comes to debt. Understanding the power of compound interest will help you avoid some costly financial pitfalls and have it work in your favor. View the MATH Collection: In today’s math activity, students will learn how to calculate compound interest! Check it out in MATH: Compound Interest Pitfalls....

MATH Monday: Active vs Passive Funds [Investing]

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Dec 06, 2020
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Math
When deciding between active vs passive funds to invest in, it’s important to consider the possibilities of what your returns will look like for both options after fees. In this activity students will practice order of operations to see the impact of the fees that come with both types of funds! View the MATH Collection: In today’s math activity, students will learn how to calculate the difference between returns for active and passive funds. Check it out in MATH: Active vs...

MATH Monday: Box and Whisker Plots for Banking Fees [Checking]

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Nov 29, 2020
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Math
 People who have checking accounts can be charged fees such as management, minimum balance, overdraft, ATM, and others. In this activity, students will practice plotting sample banking fee charges and analyzing their interquartile ranges.   View the MATH Collection: In today’s math activity, students will learn how to create and analyze box and whisker plots! Check it out in MATH: Box and Whisker Plots for Banking Fees.  Example: Students can use this step-by-step...