I teach an inquisitive, motivated group of advanced fourth graders who learn by questioning and creating. Design and innovation are integrated into all we do, and the goal is to provide hands-on experiences so that learning comes to life. Ours is a collaborative classroom where students work together to make sense of the world around them. Through exploration and problem solving, students are better able to understand and make a difference in the world they live in. Learning in our class is an adventure!
My students need to develop financial literacy skills and what better way than through a game, the game of finance and funding. In the first phase of the game, using the Casio calculators, students will develop their financial literacy skills by moving around the game board by solving math problems incorporating questions involving taxes, the stock market, and making interest. With each problem solved correctly, students will have the opportunity to purchase parts needed to build a solar rover.
Through the development of their finance skills, students will be able to purchase parts to build a solar rover and then focus on how to fund their trip through California.
Once the solar rovers are built, students will move to the second phase of the game which involves funding a trip through the Golden State. In this stage of the game, students will envision a trip in their solar rover through California and will need to determine how much needed to fund the trip including mileage, and trip costs. What better way to learn lifelong financial literacy skills than through the high interest game of finance and funding.
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