Sunday, October 16, 2011

When I Grow Up {Project}

I try to do at least two major projects each semester to challenge my students to apply the math they've learned to the "real world". The most common question comment I hear is "When am I ever going to use this?" That's why I love this project. It shows my students that no matter what career they choose, they'll need SOME type of math to get there. Usually it's a whole lot more than they've anticipated!

Project Description: Career Project - "When I Grow Up" (grades 5 - 7)
*Students will reflect and investigate the career path they are interested in and find what it takes to get there and make a sample monthly budget off their proposed monthly income and present their findings to the class. (PDF of project is available at the end of blog)

Time: 3-4 weeks

Purpose: To allow students to investigate what they want to be when they grow up and see that math is involved in every career path they choose at some level. Students will also get a better understanding as to "where the money goes" each month and hopefully have a better appreciation for what their parent's do.

I really enjoy doing this project each year with my 6th graders. Especially when I had the same class for three years in a row. We did a 1950's project, then this, then a compound interest project. I dare say those kids are prepared for real life!

Here's some pictures of my precious students in their presentations:

PDF of Career Project: CLICK HERE!


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I'm excited to use it in my class this fall! Adding it to my to-do list. Your ideas are so unique!

  2. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas! I teach 6th grade math at a public school in Oklahoma and I have loved incorporating some of your ideas! One of them being the When I Grow Up project. My department has been looking for a second semester project for our advanced students and I just loved what you had shared! I had to alter it a little as I teach in a public school and you are at a Christian school. I wanted to ask if you would mind if I shared my version of the project on my blog, and of course credit your name and blog as the primary resource. I just wanted to offer it up as something a public school teacher could use. Please let me know you thoughts and if you would mind if I did this. My blog is