College Project Wrap Up

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SWBAT: • Add, subtract, multiply and divide with decimals • Create equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents • Calculate monthly income • Create a budget for spending

Big Idea

What have students learned about college? What questions do they still have? Students work on wrapping up and reflecting on the College Project.

Do Now

10 minutes

See my Do Now in my Strategy folder that explains my beginning of class routines.

Often, I create do nows that have problems that connect to the task that students will be working on that day.  I want students to practice using percents to find a portion of a larger amount money.  They will have to do this on the Financial Aid pages of the College Project that they are finishing today. 

I ask students to share out their strategies for finding 50% and 60%.  I want students to be able to explain that 50% is equivalent to ½ of the tuition.  There are many ways we can find ½ of an amount.  Students may have different ideas on how to calculate 60% of the tuition. Some students may find 10% and add that to 50%. Other students may multiply the 0.6 by the tuition.  Others may connect 60% with 3/5 and work to find 1/5 of the tuition and then 3/5.  

Rubric Review

5 minutes

I give students a few minutes to review the rubric.  How many needs and wants do you need to list to get 4 points?  How many great things do you need to list about yourself for the scholarships page?  What do you need to do to get a 4 on the reflection?



Work Time

30 minutes

I let students sit in groups of their own choosing.  I pass out the Group Work Rubric and review expectations.  I explain that what students do not finish today will be homework.  I remind students to use the Reflection Draft page before they write the final draft of their reflection.

As students work, I walk around to monitor student progress.  Students are engaging in MP1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

If students are struggling, I may intervene in the following ways:

  • Have the student set up the percent ruler with what they know.  Work to find 50%, 10%, and 5% first.
  • Give students a calculator to check their work.
  • Pull a small group to work together.

If students successfully complete their work, I will ensure that they have reviewed the rubric and checked their work.  Then I will give them the following choices:

  • Choose to help a student (I choose who they will work with)
  • Work on Decimal Riddles
  • Play math computer games
    • PBS Cyberchase 
    • Sumdog 
    • Math Playground  
    • Put them in charge of collecting reflection data from classmates
      • I am going to create word cloud using wordle.
      • Students can collect data from classmates, organize it, and type it into a word document.

Closure and Homework

15 minutes

 For Closure I ask my students to share what they have learned about college and money.  I have students participate in a Think Pair ShareWhat questions do they still have?  What are you going to work on so that you can get into the college of your choice?  I use student responses to create a word cloud at .  

I do not give a ticket to go, since it was a project workday.  For Homework, I let students know that they need to finish their College Project.  I set a deadline for handing in completed projects.