Shop­ping spree game for ap­plied Math­e­mat­ics

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AP­PLIED math­e­mat­ics as a field of study in math is sim­ply how to ap­ply math learn­ings in ev­ery­day life. One of the best prac­tices in ap­plied math­e­mat­ics that is very much use­ful in teach­ing stu­dents dis­counts and sales tax on cho­sen gro­cery items would be the shop­ping spree ac­tiv­ity.

As a par­ent, you might be won­der­ing when to best train or im­merse your chil­dren to do­ing gro­cery, how to value dis­count that can bring you sav­ings, or how to fac­tor in the sales tax so you will not go over your bud­get, teach­ers can help you with prac­ti­cal lessons in class about shop­ping. With the shop­ping spree game, stu­dents will go on a pre­tend shop­ping spree where they com­pute dis­counts and sales tax on cho­sen items. In par­tic­u­lar, stu­dents will fig­ure dis­counts, sale price, sales tax, and fi­nal cost of items; write checks for items bought; and write an ex­pos­i­tory para­graph ex­plain­ing how to fig­ure dis­counts and sales tax. By the end of this prac­ti­cal les­son, stu­dents will get them­selves fa­mil­iar with the key and op­er­a­tional words in shop­ping such as sales, tax, check­book, dis­counts, con­sumer and per­cent­age.

The ma­te­ri­als needed for the shop­ping spree ac­tiv­ity are the fol­low­ing: (1) mag­a­zines that con­tain items and prices in four dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories: cloth­ing, elec­tron­ics, sport­ing goods, and shoes; (2) pa­per, pen­cils, cal­cu­la­tor; (3) work­sheet con­tain­ing col­umns with the fol­low­ing head­ings: Item Name, Item Cost, Dis­count (per­cent­age off), Sale Price, Sales Tax, and Fi­nal Cost; and (4) copies of blank checks (four per stu­dent).

How to ex­e­cute the game? This is how I have seen most teach­ers on­line have struc­tured the said game. First, set up four cen­ters, or stores, within the class­room. In­clude a sport­ing goods store, a cloth­ing store, a shoe store, and an elec­tron­ics store. Sec­ond, ad­vance the prepa­ra­tion. For high school stu­dents, sim­ply dis­play a cir­cu­lar from the Sun­day news­pa­per that sells the ap­pro­pri­ate cat­e­gory of items. Third, es­tab­lish a sched­ule so stu­dents will ro­tate to the each of the four “stores” dur­ing a class pe­riod. At each store, place a large dis­count rate sign. For ex­am­ple, all items in the cloth­ing store might be on sale for 30 per­cent off the price in the store ad­ver­tise­ment. All items in the sport­ing goods store might be on sale for 25 per­cent off

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