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Consumer Math

Consumer Math Series / Financial Math / Life Skills for Today's World: Money and Consumers

Consumer Math Series. Produced by Pearl Production, published by Steck-Vaughn, 2011. For adolescents and adults.
Each book in this series covers basic math concepts before exploring more specific topics. You will find clear explanations with ample practice exercises to fix them in the brain. There are also pretests, section reviews, and posttests, practice forms and charts,  and 120 worksheet pages, along with answers in the back. Students will also find money tips, problem-solving strategies, group projects, and a glossary to help with vocabulary in each book. Each book is 160 pages.

The comprehensive lessons include a wide variety of exercises and activities to interest and motivate students. They will find problems that they will encounter in real life, and exercises can easily be applied in the real world.

Extension activities offer more challenging problems on the lesson's theme There are also many calculator activities. A "Think About It" section presents real-life problems which will motivate students to participate in class discussions. Everything in the lessons is connected to situations that students realize they will actually be in someday and will need to know how to handle. Here are the individual titles, each covering a very specific area of consumer math.

Mathematics of Automobiles and Transportation The Mathematics of Automobiles and Transportation: Math Concepts covered are whole numbers, fractions,  decimals, and  percents; mean, median, and mode; basic operations on a calculator; mental computing; and estimating. Automobile Expense topics include buying a car, automobile loans, automobile operating expenses, automobile insurance, and renting a car. Transportation topics are estimating distances and travel time, bus and train travel, air travel, using subways, and taxi fares. BTH-5778. $16.19

The Mathematics of Banking and Credit The Mathematics of Banking and Credit: Math Concepts covered are whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents; mean, median, and mode; basic operations on a calculator; mental computing; and estimating. Checking and Savings Account topics included are checking accounts, reconciling a checking account statement, savings accounts, and simple and compound interest. Credit topics are using credit cards, credit finance charges, overdraft checking, taking out a loan, and installment buying.  BTH-5779. $16.19

 The Mathematics of Housing and Taxes The Mathematics of Housing and TaxesMath Concepts covered are whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents; mean, median, and mode; basic operations on a calculator; mental computing; and estimating. Taxes topics include reporting income, federal income taxes, using tax form 1040EZ, itemized deductions, and state and city  income taxes. Housing topics include renting an apartment, buying a house or condominium, getting a mortgage, real estate taxes, homeowner's insurance, utilities, and decorating and remodeling. BTH-5780. $16.19

The Mathematics of Personal Investment and Finance The Mathematics of Personal Investment and FinanceMath Concepts covered are whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents; mean, median, and mode; basic operations on a calculator; mental computing; and estimating. Personal Finance topics include sales tax, purchasing power, fixed and variable expenses, the cost of raising a family,  budgeting expenses, and determining net worth. Investment topics include U.S. Savings Bonds, certificates of deposit, corporate stocks, corporate and municipal bonds, mutual funds, and pension plans. BTH-5781. $16.19

The Mathematics of Trades and Professions The Mathematics of Trades and Professions: Math Concepts covered are whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents; mean, median, and mode; basic operations on a calculator; mental computing; and estimating.  Trade Industries topics include carpentry, plumbing, electrical contracting, painting, and masonry. Other Professions include advertising, sales, travel, manufacturing, health care, and communications.  BTH-5782. $16.19

 The Mathematics of Work The Mathematics of Work: Math Concepts covered are whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents; mean, median, and mode; basic operations on a calculator; mental computing; and estimating.  Part-time and Summer Jobs topics include finding a job, computing pay, tips, and Social Security. Full-time Work topics are hourly wages and overtime pay; time sheets and time cards; salary; piecework; commission; health insurance; and life insurance. BTH-5783. $16.19

Financial Math Series by Steck-Vaughn Staff. Harcourt Achieve, 2008. This two-book series gives students the financial skills they need to think critically and make sound financial decisions. These books help students achieve personal financial literacy, money management skills, and the ability to solve real-life problems. These books will easily serve as texts for consumer math.

    Financial Math Book One covers daily mathematics applications including calculating change, wages and earnings, buying groceries and other goods, sales tax and discounts, installment buying and deferred payments, and buying insurance. Reproducible for one classroom. 96 pages. BTH-3963. $12.59
    Financial Math Book Two covers bank accounts, borrowing money, credit card management, paying for a home (renting and buying), investing and retirement planning, tax forms and paying taxes, buying and maintaining a car, and budgeting and personal finance. Reproducible for one classroom. 96 pages. BTH-3964. $12.59

SV-19126.jpg (22389 bytes)Life Skills for Today's World: Money and Consumers by Vivian Bernstein. This was designed for adult education at reading levels 4-6. But it is also all I have to replace the out-of-print Consumer Math book that used to be available from Steck-Vaughn. It's a consumable workbook with the following chapter headings: Using Banking Services; Using a Checking Account; Credit and Interest (and Completing a Credit Card Application); Paying Bills; Being a Smart Shopper; Buying Insurance; and Owning a Car. The book is illustrated with charts and B/W photos. It also contains a glossary, index, and answer key. 96 pages. BTH-519. $16.38-D Click on image to enlarge it.


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