Math Monday: 3 Ways to Use Financial Algebra
Looking to bring practical life skills and real-world problems into your math class? Here are three ways you can use the Financial Algebra curriculum to create fun and meaningful math experiences for your students!
#1: As a Complete Course
Financial Algebra is designed as a complete course for high school math teachers who want to infuse relevant personal finance into their curriculum.
The course covers core algebra skills, like linear equations, systems of equations, and exponential functions, each paired with a personal finance topic, like budgeting, investing, and paying for college. Check out the Course Overview to get started!
#2: Application Problems for Real-World Practice
Each math skill includes a set of leveled Application Problems grounded in personal finance content. You can pull these into your classroom for a ready-to-go practice worksheet that is relevant and differentiated.
Check out the Application Problems for these popular topics:
- Graphing linear equations: Application FA-2.5: Graphing Wages
- Systems of equations: Application FA-3.2: Saving Goals
- Exponential functions: Application FA-5.5: Analyzing Investments
To find Application Problems, go to the Financial Algebra course page and find the unit and lesson you want. Then, click “View Application”. You’ll need to be logged into your free teacher account to access answer keys, which also include the links to any corresponding Desmos activities.
#3: Desmos Activities for Engagement (and Easy Sub Lessons!)
Desmos is a great platform for students to explore math concepts in depth through games, interactive graphs, and self-checking activities. Plus, it makes grading easy!
NGPF’s Financial Algebra Desmos Collection includes all the Desmos activities used throughout the course. This could be a great place to start if you’re looking for a fun and mathematically rigorous activity, extra review, or a sub lesson.
To access the complete course materials, create your free teacher account today!