This week at McDermid Community School, we learnt how to calculate sales taxes and discounts. After a short lecture with a few examples, I set up four stations for the students to work at. Now, getting grade eight students enthused about math stations can be a difficult task, but they were generally accepting of the idea. These were the stations that they were able to choose from throughout the period:
Station One: Questions on sales taxes to be completed independently or with a partner.
Station Two: Questions on discounts to be completed independently or with a partner.
Station Three: A version of Tic-Tac-Toe that included percentage questions. The group would collectively pick a question, and whomever got the correct answer first got to put their colour on the Tic-Tac-Toe board.
Station Four: A Build-Your-Own-Meal sheet that consisted of restaurant items. The students would pick their favourite foods and drinks and then calculate the total with a 15% discount and an 11% sales tax. They loved comparing who had the most expensive taste buds!
Overall, the students were on task the entire class and seemed to enjoy learning in an environment with their peers. I personally loved this lesson because it adapted to every type of learner. For example, some of the students went to all the stations, some stayed at the independent stations, and some just stayed at the games. Either way, they were getting to practice their mathematic skills in a setting that was most comfortable for them. I loved this lesson and will definitely continue to build off of this idea in the future!
(Note: the students were encouraged to use their technology as calculators in order to follow along with the lesson)