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Economics / Personal Finance

Consumer math, life skills, personal finance, and

building a micro business.

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Brenda Gassett


Class time:

(3) 12:05-1:25


Class size:

minimum 6, maximum 16


Additional fees:

$25 materials fee


Pre-requisites for class:

Basic math skills


Graduation requirement:

Math: "other" credit, Citizenship: "other" credit, Personal finance credit

  • Course Description

 “When will I ever need math in the real world?” This is a common question asked by students every day. In this course, we will uncover how consumer math is applied in our daily lives. This hands-on, interactive, and practical approach will be taught through real life examples and projects. Students will be taught personal finance and relevant life skills such as independent living, managing money, establishing and maintaining a bank account, purchasing a car, insurance, taxes, meal planning, budgeting, getting an apartment, paying bills, etc.


In the second semester, the students will focus on how to establish, develop, and run a micro business. They will develop a business plan which will include marketing strategies, customer services, record keeping, budgeting, bookkeeping, taxes, financial statements, and sales tax. This business plan will be tied together and presented in a business portfolio. 

  • Required Books & Materials

Starting a Micro Business

ISBN: 978-0982924501


Running a Micro Business

ISBN: 978-0982924518


Micro Business for Teens Workbook

ISBN: 978-0982924525

  •  ½” binder with paper 

  • 12 page dividers

  • 12 page protectors

  • Pens

  • Highlighters

  • Post it notes

The students will also need a professional portfolio for their business plan. They will not need this until the 2nd semester. Details to follow.

  • Classwork / Homework

Weekly activities and projects will teach the students how practical math skills are applied to their every day lives. Students will take personality profile tests, strength and weakness tests, and career assessment tests. The results will help the student to hone in future careers. The end of year portfolio will not only contain their business marketing plan, but it will contain valuable information that will assist them as young adults establishing their independent life.

The instructor will send PDF documents for all other materials. It will be the student’s responsibility to print the documents and bring them to class each week.

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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