Let's Go Shopping!
Main Subject Area: Mathematics
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Drinks (juice and water)
Mint or cough drop tins (one for each student)
10 pennies, 5 nickels, and 5 dimes (plastic) to go in each student's tin
A price list
A parent helper/teacher's aide if at all possible
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): K-2
2. Introduce the students to the class store. Everyone will buy their snacks today with the money in their mint tins.
3. Rules for the purchase:
- Students will decide what they would like to buy for a snack and count out their coins (using only the coins in their boxes) at their seats to see if they have enough money to buy what they want
- Students MUST buy a napkin with their snacks
- When the student is ready to buy his/her snack, direct them to come to the counter (wherever you have the snacks laid out) with his/her tin of change
- The student must count out the cost of each item and lay the change on the table as they count it out.
- Once the student has laid out all the money he/she plans to spend, direct the student to reorganize the change and add the prices all together to find the total cost of the snack.
- The prices are as follows: 1 napkin is 7 cents, 1 glass of water is 15 cents, 1 cup of juice is 23 cents, 5 crackers are 43 cents, 5 apple slices are 46 cents, 1 handful of popcorn is 49 cents, 1 handful of pretzels is 51 cents, and a granola bar is 54 cents
- Once the students have paid for their food, they will put their coins back into the tins and turn the tins in exchange for their snacks.
- Once the students have finished their snacks, all trash must go in the trashcan, and the students must return to their seats.
4. Have the entire class walk through the process of purchasing their snacks. 5. Regroup your students after they have eaten their snacks and have them reflect on this activity. Why did they have to buy their snacks today? Do they think they will ever need to figure out the prices of food again? Where?
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