Students will have 5-10 minutes to investigate the types of vehicles currently available via Kelley Blue Book (http://www.kbb.com/). Students should look for their "dream" vehicle, making a list of options that they would like their vehicle to have.
2 Direct Instruction
Discuss what possible steps might be required to purchase a vehicle. Scaffold to fill in the missing steps that students do not typically consider such as maintenance and insurance.
3 Guided Practice
Graphic organizer mapping what the studetns believe to be the process for buying a card. An example of a sequencing organizer can be obtained below:
Allow students time to create their organizer and then help to be sure everyone is on the same page regarding the steps involved in the car buying process.
Model going through the process via reputable websites.
4 Independent Practice
Allow students to "buy" their own car within a budget. Use lesson #3 from the site below as a guide.
Students should present their findings. In particular, whether they were able to stay within budget and their expectation of the cost involved vs the reality of the purchase.