In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will read a finance columnist’s advice for post-college budgeting and compare it to their own experience creating a budget. Based on their learning, they’ll choose from five possible projects to complete.
In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will assume the role of roommates deciding how to split costs of a shared apartment. The project focuses on negotiation, clear communication, and budgeting with a spreadsheet.
In this Common Core-aligned project, students will create a simple monthly spreadsheet of actual versus budgeted expenses. They will utilize multiple basic spreadsheet functions and formulas as well as do basic formatting.
In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will identify their budget for a used car based on different scenarios, search for different cars, and compare their qualities to find the best matches.
In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will choose two health insurance plans and then calculate their out-of-pocket expenses for a variety of scenarios. They’ll create a spreadsheet and answer questions on the best insurance decisions for them.
In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will make a budget that allows them to move off campus for less money than room and board. They will also determine how the immediate savings are impacted if paid with student loans. They create a slideshow presentation to persuade their parents.
In this Common Core-aligned project, students will track their spending (using a spreadsheet) for a defined period of time, and then will track their spending a second and third time using small interventions aimed and reducing their spending. They’ll reflect on their process as well as on spending habits as a whole.
In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will research and compare transportation options for a group vacation in various locations. They’ll use a spreadsheet to calculate cost relative to their projected salaries.
Decide whether inflation affects their long-term budgeting goals
Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.ID.B.6.A Fit a function to the data; use functions fitted to data to solve problems in the context of the data. Use given functions or choose a function suggested by the context. Emphasize linear, quadratic, and exponential models. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.ID.B.6.C Fit a linear function for a scatter plot that suggests a linear association. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.ID.C.7 Interpret the slope (rate of change) and the intercept (constant term) of a linear model in the context of the data.
In this Case Study, students learn the basics of budgeting, from setting priorities, creating a savings goal, tracking spending and learning about tradeoffs required to achieve financial goals. They take on the role of a peer providing financial advice and learn to develop various strategies.
In this case study, students will take on the role of a trusted friend helping to create a budget and make an important financial decision. Students will analyze current spending, assist in creating a budget, and offer suggestions for how to manage a variety of financial stressors.
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