Consumer Math Course Description

  • Mrs. Pam LoPilato

    Special Education, Masters in Teaching

    RDHS Room 600

    Course Description

     Consumer math offers a comprehensive coverage of basic math skills needed for everyday living. The content is geared to motivate students through practical and relevant lessons. Consumer Math incorporates instruction with the use of calculators. This allows students to concentrate on problem-solving rather than computational skills. Throughout the course, students will work through word problems and decide the appropriate mathematical operations to use to solve problems.


    Several textbooks, workbooks, websites, and other supplementary materials will be utilized to facilitate learning. Assignments will be selected from the following sources: Life Skills Math, 180 Days of Math, Practical Math Skills for Consumers, Basic Math Skills, and Consumer Math. A variety of websites allow for differentiated instruction and enable students to learn independently: Moby Max, IXL, Practical Money Skills, and others.


    Students are required to possess a one-inch binder which can be kept in the classroom. A calculator can be kept at home to assist with homework. A homework folder and an assignment book is also required to keep track of homework, projects, and tests.

    Class Routine

    Students enter the classroom with a warm up activity waiting for them. Volunteers are requested to share their responses with the class. Homework is then checked individually, and each student is given a sticker to show appropriate completion. We review the homework together as a class and each student is required to participate.  The teaching assistant and I circulate during this process to ensure all students are focused and are correcting their work. After the homework review, we begin our lesson. Students discuss, take notes and are provided guided practice. Afterward, students work independently or in collaborative groups to solve problems and complete classwork. Answers are reviewed together. Homework is assigned each day we have class, except Fridays. An assessment of each concept is given as a project or objective quiz at the culmination of each unit.

    Skills Practiced:

    calculating money

    computing probability of an event occurring

    estimating answers

    calculating area, volume and perimeter

    using formulas and diagrams to solve problems

    using maps, graphs and charts to find information

    using a calculator

    calculating decimals, fractions, and percent


    Concepts Explored

     earning money

    buying food

    preparing food

    shopping for clothes

    managing and maintaining a household

    buying and maintaining a car

    budgeting your money

    banking, credit, loans and interest

    traveling and recreation


    Class Rules

    1. Be on time.
    2. Be prepared.
    3. Raise your hand.
    4. Sign out when leaving class room.
    5. Participate during class.
    6. Follow instructions.
    7. Show respect for others.

    In addition, I expect all students to listen attentively, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, seek help when needed and demonstrate an eagerness to learn.


    Students will be graded based on class work, homework, quizzes, and projects. Points will be given in the following categories:

    Homework:                    10

    Class work:                    10

    Quizzes:                        20

    Projects:                       50

    Partial credit will be given for incomplete or late work. Students are welcome to retake any quiz and encouraged to come for extra help at lunch or after school in room 600. Students can complete assessments more than once, as needed.


    Please email me when you have a question or concern. I will do my best to address your concern as soon as possible. Refer to Genesis to monitor grades, read my School Wires/ One Note Week at a Glance page to see what your child is leaning about, and check your child’s assignment book for homework completion. Please encourage your child to do his/her best. If they are experiencing difficulty, they should let me know and I will provide additional time and individual instruction.