Lesson Plan:

Book Orders: Money

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August 26, 2015
by Margie Morrissey

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to add and subtract dollar amounts.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Tell students that today we are going to order books using book order forms.
  • Tell them they can have $10.00 to spend; they need to keep within that budget of $10.00.
  • Give them each a calculator to check their totals. Remind them that they will add them up first by hand.
  • Pass out a book order form to each of the students.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Ask them to find a set of books for under $10, and help them to figure out what change they will receive from their $10.
  • Tell them you want to buy a set of books, and help them to figure out how much money you will need to buy the entire set.
  • Ask students a question about change for a set, e.g. "If your mom gives you $10.00 and you order the Babysitters Club book pack, how much change will you get back?"
  • Do another model if necessary.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Tell the students you are giving them a $20.00 spending limit and ask them to fill in their "dream order."
  • Students should correctly fill out the order form and correctly add the total (without a calculator).
  • Students will then swap with a partner and check each other's orders with calculators.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Ask students to select three items from the order form and estimate by rounding the approximate total cost.
  • Have students create their own word problems.
  • Students will then swap papers and answer their partners' questions.
  • Once they have their answers, ask students to swap again and check their partners' answers.



  • Enrichment: Let advanced students create more book order problems to answer on their own. They can also use a larger amount of money.
  • Support: Give struggling students a $10 limit instead of $20. They might also need assistance with rounding for estimating the total cost.


Assessment (15 minutes)

  • Circulate to determine students' understanding of adding amounts of money and subtracting from the total.
  • Collect students' papers, and review them to assess their level of understanding.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to share some things that should be remembered when filling out the order form.

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