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Common Sense Cookie Shop
Santa Rosa District Schools
Children count and add money to “shop” for cookies. The lesson involves role-play, graphing results and cooperative learning.
The student counts coins using `mixed` counting (using coin values of 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1).
-Play money (quarters, nickels, dimes and $1 and $5 dollar bills)
-Empty cookie bags (get five or six different varieties) Get as many empty bags as possible so that the activity can be used in small groups.
-four toy cash registers
-Common Sense Cookie Shop Worksheet (See Associated File)
-Common Sense Cookie Shop Rubric (See Associated File)
-Chalkboard or dry erase board
1. Write different amounts of money ranging from $1 to $5 on index cards.
2. Place an index card on each bag like a price tag.
3. Set up a shop in the front of the room with the empty cookie bags and toy register.
4. Prepare a graph on the chalkboard or dry erase board that shows the variety of cookies. The results of cookies chosen will be graphed later to determine the most and least favorite cookie.
1. Tell the class that today we are going to do fun activities involving money.
2. Review the value of the coins and bills by playing a quick game of Around the World. Go around the room only once to shorten the game.
3. Ask for the first student to stand beside the person he is sitting next to. Hold up a coin. The first person that gives the correct value of the coin wins and precedes to the next student. Continue with the game until everyone has had a turn.
4. Review counting different coin combinations. Ask for a volunteer to tell you the value of a dollar bill and two quarters. Ask for a volunteer to tell you the value of a dollar bill and one quarter and 3 nickels. Ask for a volunteer to tell you the value of 5 dimes. Ask for a volunteer to tell you the value of 5 one-dollar bills.
5. Call on a volunteer to come to the front of the room and pick up the coin that is worth 25 cents. Call on a volunteer to pick up a coin that is worth 10 cents. Call on a volunteer to pick up a coin worth 5 cents.
6. Point out the shop in the front of the room. Explain to the children that they are going to “shop” for a bag of cookies.
7. Call on a volunteer to come to the front of the room and shop for a bag of cookies. Point out the different varieties to choose from.
8. Call on different volunteers to come to the front of the room to read the “price” on their favorite cookie bag. Students pretend that they are buying the cookies using toy money. Have the volunteer explain what combination of coins he chose and count the coins together as a class.
9. Repeat with several volunteers.
10. Divide the class into four or five groups of 5 or less. Tell students that they are going to pretend they are visiting a cookie shop. They are to pick out only one bag of cookies. The designated cashier in each group counts and collects the money and gives back change if necessary.
11. The teacher rotates around the room and observes and assists any students having difficulty.
12. After 10 or so minutes, instruct students to go back to their seats. Tell the students that the class will graph the results of the cookies chosen to determine the most and least favorite.
13. Go around the room and ask each student to say the cookie that they chose. Shade the box of that cookie. When each person has had a turn, discuss the graph. Count the results and look at the most and least favorite.
14. Pass out the Common Sense Cookie Shop Worksheet. (See Associated File)
15. Read the directions together as a class.
16. Students complete the worksheet independently.
17. After the worksheets are completed, take them up and discuss the results.
Students demonstrate the ability to use and count coins having different values to solve problems involving money. Cooperative learning, teacher modeling and role-play allow students to self-assess. Provide appropriate feedback to all students. Give students who miss two or more answers on the worksheet another opportunity to demonstrate their ability to solve problems involving money. See the Common Sense Cookie Shop Rubric in the associated file.
This activity involving a store could be used as a center activity for a week.