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Airline Math: Tips, Markups, Percent of Change

Looking for a real world application of percentages, percent change, markups/markdowns, and tips? Do your students love simulation games?

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Why you'll love this

Your students will love this activity, where they play the role of an airline intern, and use their math skills to complete open-ended tasks around percent markups and markdowns, the percent of a number, and tips.

It's print-and-go, and is perfect wrap-up for a unit, as a review before a test or a quiz, or as a self-contained sub plan.

What's the math?There's 5 tasks in total:

  • Task 1: Calculate Ticket Prices (Percent Markups and Markdowns). Students will be asked to find new flight ticket prices after a percentage of markups or markdowns.

  • Task 2: Arranging Seat Upgrades (Percent of a Number). Students will be asked to find additional cost when passengers request to upgrade to business or first class.

  • Task 3: Inflight Entertainment Services (Percent of a Number). Students will be asked to solve additional cost of purchasing wifi packages or stream movies during the flight.a

  • Task 4: Airport Restaurants (Tips). Students will be asked to calculate amount of tips left by different tables.

  • Task 5: Filling Baggage Claims (Percent of a Number). Students will be ask to airline reimbursements for passenger claims of baggage that were lost, damaged, or delayed.

What's included?

This 19-page activity is zero prep, print and go.

  • Problem Sheets (10 pages)

  • Answer Key (9 pages)

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