This backwards life planning research is great for students of all ages. I have found it most useful as an end of the year project for students to apply what they have learned. Students will have to begin with the end goal in mind and think about their goals and what they will have to do to get there. Students will research the job they want, the college they want to go to and the costs associated with them. Students will research costs such as utilities, automobile prices, college tuition, and then will figure out how much money they will make from their dream job. Students will apply math concepts such as finding an average, estimating, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This fun research project allows students to think through their career goals and identify the steps they will have to take to be successful.
Please know that this 3-day activity will require technology in the classroom since it is very research-based. There are ample websites that provide salary estimates, price quotes, etc. which are embedded in the guided worksheets. Best of luck and I hope this helps your students think about where they are going and what they will have to do to get there! :)