Unit Title:


Topic: Needs and Wants
Grade Level: 3rd
Subject(s): Math
Project Title: Making wise decisions as a consumer
Project Summary: Students will plan a route to run errands using different factors and compare their results with other students.

Curriculum Framing Questions:
Essential Question:
How are opinions formed?
Unit Questions:
How does a consumer decide how to buy an item? How does one decide if a purchase is a want or a need? How does one decide on the best route for running errands?
Content Questions:
How do you compare the price of an item from different stores? How do you compare distances on a vertex edge graph? How do you make change? How do you organize a list of errands to be completed using the least amount of miles?

Unit Plan:








Project Idea:

  • Real World Connection(s): Students will learn how to prioritize purchases and design a route to run errands on a Saturday.
  • Student Role(s): Consumers -
  • Scenario: Students will be given a set amount of money that they can use to buy needs for their family. They will prioritize their purchases, research what stores have the best deals and than design a map using a vertex edge graph to run their errands.




Visual Ranking Project:

  • Idea/Overview: Students will rank a list of items according to needs and wants.
  • How will the use of the tool fit into your Unit Plan and help your students meet the learning objectives and target higher-order thinking skills?
  • Concerns you might have about using the tool or incorporating ranking:
  • Feedback you would like from others:

Seeing Reason Project:

  • Idea/Overview: Students will think of the influences that affect their choices of where to buy their needed items for their family.
  • How will the tool fit into our Unit Plan and help your students meet the learning objectives and target higher-order thinking skills?Students will think about why they shop at certain stores and how those stores advertise to attract customers.
  • Does your unit involve a complex system or issue that warrants delving into identifying and analyzing cause-and-effect relationships? Students will research how stores advertise and how that can influence our choices.
  • Concerns you might have about using this tool: Getting students to think about their family shopping. They usually are just along for the ride.
  • Feedback you would like from others: Ideas on how to teach advertising