Published 6 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:
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
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:
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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