In this engaging, real-life math project, your students will work with all the processes involved in opening and running a sports store. Kids LOVE these projects because they are high interest, relevant, and help them see that math really is all around them! Students work through 11 different math-related tasks involving decimals, fractions, money, estimation, volume, area, and more.
Ideas for Use
Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!
There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:
•a small-group or pairs activity
•a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling
•a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers
•a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher
You might choose to print specific tasks to use during Math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all of the tasks and let your students choose which one to do when.
This resource is included in PDF format for printing and in Google Slides™️ format for digital learning. This makes it useable with Google Class
You’ve always loved sports, and you’ve decided to open your very own sports store! It will be a lot of work, but it will be worth it!
Here’s what’s included in ”Run a Sports Store.”
TASK #1: A DREAM COME TRUE
In this fun introductory task, students will brainstorm a name for their new business, set the open date, and design a poster to advertise.
TASK #2: FIND A BUILDING
There are three buildings for sale in town right now. Each one needs some renovations, and you’ll need to decide which one will work the best for your needs.
Skills: addition/subtraction within 1,000,000, decreasing patterns
TASK #3: PLAN THE LAYOUT
This is the part you’ve been waiting for! Now you get to plan the layout of your store!
Skills: multiplication, area
TASK #4: SUPPLIES ARE ARRIVING!
Now that you have the store layout figured out, it’s time to start stocking the shelves! Today is a busy day with boxes and boxes of new inventory arriving. Let’s see what’s inside the boxes!
TASK #5: THE GRAND OPENING
It’s been weeks of preparing, and you are finally ready for the Grand Opening! Today is going to be a big day!
Skills: fractions, decimals, money, problem-solving, addition/subtraction
TASK #6: TOO MANY WATER BOTTLES
Woah! A new delivery just arrived, but you have WAY MORE water bottles than you ordered!
Skills: operations, decreasing patterns
TASK #7: INVENTORY DAY!
Today is inventory day! You will have to count all the inventory that’s on display, as well as everything that is stored in the back.
Skills: basic operations
TASK #8: WORKING WITH PRICES
It has been a busy day at the store! Let’s look at a few of the orders you’ve had today.
Skills: money, addition, ordering, multiplying a decimal number by 10
TASK #9: MONTHLY SUMMARY
You track your orders carefully so you can make sure your business is profitable.
Skills: rounding to nearest tenth, bar graphs
TASK #10: THE SALE RACK
When something doesn’t sell for a long time, you discount it and add it to the sale rack. Let’s get discounting!
Skills: single variable equations, operations
TASK #11: WRAP IT UP!
This project has taught you all about running your own sports store! Let’s reflect.
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