Sales Tax & Discounts Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students the important life skill of calculating tax and discounts with this lesson plan. A video lesson outlines concepts and guides students through practice before students use real-life advertisements to calculate figures independently.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'tax' and 'discount'
  • explain how to calculate tax and discount on an item
  • calculate tax and discount


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.NS.A.2.c

Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide rational numbers.

  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.NS.A.3

Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.

  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.EE.B.4

Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.


Key Vocabulary

  • Discount
  • Tax

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