This is a fun activity that allows the students to choose real-life items that they might potentially want to buy at some point in their lives. (This is a make believe catalog- items are not really for sale! All the pictures were taken by me.) They practice adding large amounts of money and then write a check for the balance due. The students will need to keep the places when they add, and will need to write the total as both standard form numbers as well as in word form.
Common Core Standrards include: 4.NBT.2: Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
4.NBT.4: Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
I printed the catalog front-to-back and then stapled it so it resembled a real catalog. I printed about 6 for the class to use in small groups. I also printed the checks and the calculation paper separately. Once the students finished, we cut the checks out and hung them as a bulletin board with the same title. Please remember to rate this product. I love to hear feedback and I am w8illing to tweak my work!
Checking Out With Place Value
by Marykay Flett
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