Lesson Plan

Purchasing Items and Making Change

This lesson provides students with instruction in strategies based on number sense. Use this lesson alongside Show Me the Money: Understanding Value or as a stand-alone lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Show Me the Money: Understanding Value lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Show Me the Money: Understanding Value lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic
  • Students will be able to identify the value of coins and dollars.
  • Students will be able to make change with coins.
Language

Students will be able to identify how much change they need using a graphic organizer and strategies of their choice.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
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  • Gather students together and say, "Raise your hand if you have been shopping before! What does it mean to go shopping? Turn and talk to your partner and share your idea." Provide a sentence stem to support student discussion:
    • When you go shopping, you ________.
  • Ask students to think about some of the things they go shopping for. Write their ideas on the board. Next, ask students what they use to purchase, or buy, the items they are shopping for. Ask students to turn and talk to a partner to share their answers. Allow a few students to share their answers aloud with the class.
  • Explain to the students that when we go shopping, we use money to purchase the items we want or need. Show the students a dollar bill and a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny. Say, "Do you know what any of these items are? Turn and talk to your elbow partner, telling your partner what you know about these items."
  • Allow a student to share out their answer with the class and provide sentence stems/frames as needed to support student discussion.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be working with story problems where people purchase items using coins. Share that knowing how to make change is important for the sales clerk and the customer so they can make sure to give and receive the right amount of change after purchasing something!"

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