Back to school spending is huge and students might not appreciate what it costs to send them back to, essentially, their job of learning. In this activity students decide what equipment and supplies are necessary, estimate how much that will all cost, confer with groups or partners to refine their lists, and then research to find out more accurately how much it will probably cost to send them back to school. This activity could be used for students in upper elementary school all the way to high school. It offers an opportunity for kids to get estimating, researching, reasoning, calculating and communication skills honed for the coming year.

The activity: BackToSchoolCosts2017.pdf

Back-to-school-checklists Present minimumwage-by-state2017.pdf

CCSS: 4.OA.3, 4.NBT.3, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.5, 7.EE.3, MP5, HSF, HSA

**For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel sheet of costs, and solutions with teaching tips.**

BackToSchoolCosts2017.docx Cost-of-back-to-school2017.xlsx BackToSchoolCosts2017-solution.pdf