Possible classroom resources include: Domino Addition by Lynette Long; 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam; Elevator Magic by Stuart J. Murphy; Animals on Board by Stuart J. Murphy; Each Orange Had 8 Slices by Paul Giganti
While at a grocery store, students investigate the price of several frequently purchased items such as tissues, pasta, juice, etc. Students make a list of the item and its price. Students groups work together to make item cards for their math game. When playing the game, students select an item and make the price using their money cards. If purchasing multiple items, students add the price of each and create the price using their money cards. Continue the game with singular or multiple item purchases, addition problems, and/or subtraction problems.
Student groups brainstorm another form of the game that they will write new directions/rules for playing.
Invite a local merchant to visit with the class. Prior to the meeting, students compose questions for the merchant. After the visit, students post learning to a class blog.
Students groups write original word problems involving multiple steps of addition and subtraction for classmates to solve. If time permits, students may illustrate their problem cards using Crayola Crayons or colored pencils.