Math Monday: Unit Price
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.
Students practice calculating unit price using real-world examples of shopping for groceries and school supplies.
The activity includes an example problem with Edpuzzle video, practice problems, and reflection questions. At the end, students consider why buying the package with the cheapest unit price might not always be the best real-world decision.
Building Engagement and Conceptual Understanding:
Extend the Personal Finance Learning: If you’re a math teacher, consider using these resources to further explore unit price, budgeting, and inflation.
- DATA CRUNCH: How Have Prices For Consumer Goods Changed Over the Past 20 Years? by NGPF
- DATA CRUNCH: What Does The Average Household Spend Money On? by NGPF
- COMPARE: Comparison Shopping by NGPF
- EDPUZZLE: Understanding Inflation by Red Canoe Credit Union
- ANALYZE: Understanding Inflation by NGPF
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About the Author
Kathryn (she/her) is excited to join the NGPF team after 9 years of experience as a special education teacher and a tutor. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in policy analysis and management and has a master's degree in education from Brooklyn College. Kathryn is looking forward to bringing her passion for accessibility and educational justice into curriculum design at NGPF. During her free time, Kathryn loves embarking on cooking projects, walking around her Seattle neighborhood with her partner and dog, or lounging in a hammock with a book.
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