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Problem solving with money
Abi needs a new guitar. She wants to buy the Clapton Uber-Pluck so that she can play like a rock goddess. It costs £300. She must do chores around the house for the next few months to earn enough to buy it. She gets paid £1.50 for vacuuming the stairs once a week, cleaning the bathroom - £2, £1.50 for cleaning out the pets added to her £4 a week pocket money and £6 from a neighbour for babysitting. After a few months of saving up will she have enough to buy her guitar? 3 questions of increasing difficulty structure the steps of the problem to find out. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the series Let's Do Maths.
For use as a lesson starter. Introducing problems involving money and opportunities for children to use written or calculator methods to find totals. This multi-step problem has the real-life context of saving up for a guitar and earning weekly money to buy it. There are 3 differentiated questions that structure the steps. The final question involves division and uses the weight of a 20p piece in the problem. Children can extend to make up other questions of their own and investigate the weight of coinage.
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