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Primary Maths, and Real Estate Rip-offs, and Life!

Who’d believe it?

The housing market goes up, Up, UP!

The prices go up, Up, UP!

So, the commission an estate agent receives goes up, Up, UP! For NO EXTRA WORK!! NONE!!

Robin PicThe normal real estate commission on a house is 2.5%.

So, a couple of years ago, the estate agent selling a house valued at, say, $350,000 got a commission of $8,750.

BUT, in the past 2 years, house prices have increased at an INCREDIBLE rate.

So that very same house would now probably be valued at maybe $580,000.

So, to sell it, the agent gets 2.5% of $580,000 which amounts to $14,500.

That’s an increase of $5,750. For NO EXTRA WORK! Not a thing! In fact, the estate agent’s job has actually become far EASIER, not harder!

Teachers can use this type of situation to help their students understand the importance of maths in everyday life. Not understanding it can have very significant financial consequences.

Or is all this too hard for our primary students?

I don’t think so! Do you?

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Maths teachers’ goldmine topics . . .

What primary teacher can resist a ready-made maths thingo to get the students involved?

Something that’ll be EASY to copy and use, but that the students will LOVE?

Sound impossible?

Well, in our worksheets this week we’ve covered the following:

  • The new Scrabble words allowed — including “cakehole” (the kids will LOVE that word!);
  • The New Zealand Government’s new taxes for arriving and leaving NZ;
  • Singer Beyonc√©’s messing with champagne in the spa;
  • The world shortage of bees;
  • Melbourne Victory’s great soccer success;
  • Andy Griffiths winning the Australian Book of the Year Award;
  • The Salvation Army’s May Appeal;
  • The Freddo Frog Shrinkage Problem;
  • Peppa Pig’s carpet shampooing needs;
  • And so much more!

Why should maths questions be out-of-date, irrelevant, or just plain boring?

INTERESTING MATHS QUESTIONS?¬† BRING ‘EM ON!!