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Design money, open a store, add up purchases, make change—this game is packed with consumer math!
Invite students to set up their own classroom Super Sale Store Game. Match the game to a current unit of study, such as pets, nutritious foods, or books.
Ask students to select four colors of construction paper. Children will use Crayola® Scissors to cut each piece into fourths to make price cards. Make a price indicator by arranging one card of each color in a column, connecting them with clear adhesive tape. Write different monetary amounts on each card. Display on a chalkboard or bulletin board.
Working in small groups, students brainstorm items they would like to buy in the class store. Draw one item on each store card using Crayola Construction Paper Crayons. Write the name of the item on the card as well. Shuffle cards so colors are mixed.
Create play money with crayons, scissors, and construction paper. Make paper bills and coins, depending on how items are priced. Students will pay, and make change, with this play money.
Play the game in small groups of 3 to 5. Suggest students take turns being the storekeeper. Agree on how much play money each player needs to purchase items and how much the cashier needs to make change.
Procedure: The storekeeper holds up one card at a time for the others to purchase. Shoppers refer to the price indicator on display for the cost of each item. They pay the storekeeper, who counts the money and makes change as needed. Encourage students to switch roles often, putting cards back into a pile and shuffling each time.
Students create and share valuable pictures with coin rubbings.
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