Lesson Plan

Back to School Supply Shopping

It’s the beginning of the school year and your class needs supplies! Can your students successfully shop for everything they need and stay on budget? Find out in this real-world application of multiplying whole numbers by decimals.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to apply their knowledge of multiplying whole numbers by decimals in real world situations.


(5 minutes)
School Supply Lists and Budget SheetsBuying in Bulk
  • Tell students, "Today we are going to do some make-believe back to school shopping. But you won't just be buying for yourself. You will need a class set of each of the supplies on the supply list."
  • Ask students to turn and talk about what steps they might take to accomplish this task. Some guiding questions you can ask are: What type of math will you need to use? what numbers will you be working with?