Published 4 months ago by Ann Baker

I was watching a group of children playing ‘Little Shop’ in their break and decided it was time for us all to capitalize on this.

I have drawn some shelves for my products and made some price tickets. If I had a class of my own I would make several of these sheets (like those shown below) or invite the students to make their own. The price boxes would be empty and then the sheets laminated so that students can write their own prices.

I asked some Year Ones to write prices for me this week and almost all students wrote whole dollar amounts with the dollar sign at the end. A few tried mixed dollars and cents which revealed more about what they know about prices and how to write them.

The little shop items once priced to match the range of learners in your class could generate questions such as:

- “What diﬀerent ways could you pay $2, $1.50, $5 (and so on)?”
- “What two things could you buy and how much would that cost?”
- “What coins and/or notes could you use to pay for them?”
- “What could you buy for exactly $10?”
- “If you went shopping with $20 and bought 4 things, how much change would you have and what coins and/or notes could that include?”
- “If you bought all of the items in our little shop, how much would that cost?”

As I am writing these questions (and hopefully as the students make up their own) I can easily see how this sheet could easily become a mental routine

- Which coin could you use to pay for the bottle of water?
- Which two coins could you use to pay for Chobani?
- If you didn’t have a $5 note which 3 coins could you use to pay for the Vicks Vapour Rub?
- If I gave the shop keeper a $5 note and a $1 coin what item would I be buying?
- Which item is the cheapest/most expensive?
- How much more does coﬀee cost than the bottle of water?

- I spent $5 how might I have paid?
- I spent $4, which two items might I have bought?
- I paid with two gold coins and got no change what might I have bought?
- I bought 3 things for less than/more than $10 what might they have been?
- I bought one thing oﬀ each shelf, what might they have been and how much might I have spent?

Remember this is the fun game-like part.

I bought something from the little shop, you can **ask me questions** to find out what I bought. Questions could include:

- “Did you spend more than $5?”
- “Did the price include 50 cents?”
- “Could you pay for your item with only two coins?”

Note: move from “Is it the coﬀee?” to more mathematical questions.

If one item gets too easy try shopping for 2 items.

Hope you have fun with shopping and, by the way, the Coin Mat software is a useful tool to use in conjunction with a topic such as this.

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