Where Will You Decide To Live


  • Apr 27 2011 2:13 PM

    Technology // Michael Vlach

    I like this resource because it combines Word, PowerPoint and Excel, which are all programs students use in my class.  It also requires them to work together and shows them a way to use spreadsheets for a real-world purpose, which is something they struggle to understand.

  • Aug 18 2010 2:30 PM

    David Melton

    This resource was matched by a member of the Brokers of Expertise Standards Matching Team.

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This activity, reviewed for grades 9-12 by Illuminations, presents students with the situation that they have just received a new job, which includes a salary increase to $40,000 a year. The job will be done through telecommuting, so students have the option of living anywhere they would like. Each group's task is to use the Internet to find information about each of the five cities they have chosen. Then based on the four criteria chosen as most important when looking for a possible place to live, the group will construct a data table in Excel, with weightings, to help determine which city is best.

This group project may be particularly engaging for students as it asks them to analyze situations where they may find themselves in the future. Students are asked to use Excel to generate graphs to illustrate their research. Additionally, each group is asked to create a PowerPoint presentation and report to summarize their conclusions. This lesson can be adapted to match the resources and time available. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability, Mathematics, Calculus, Probability

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    • Teacher Materials

    Tool for: Teachers, Administrators, Parents


    Instructional Strategy

    Grouping: Small Group Instruction; Large Group Instruction; Homogeneous; Heterogeneous

    Teaching Method: Discussions; Cooperative Learning; Hands-on Learning; Brainstorming; Problem-Solving; Simulation