Christmas Shopping Problem Solving Task Cards & Activities for Grades 1-2

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This Christmas holiday shopping product includes task cards and cut & paste problem solving activities based on buying items from 3 stores stocked with kid-friendly toys, clothes, and accessories. Included in this product:
• The Accessory Store
• The Clothes Store
• The Toy Store
Each store features a colorful display of items for sale, each marked with a price tag. All items are priced rounded to a dollar amount.
There are 2 versions of each store:
• a holiday decorated store with lights, wreaths, and other Christmas decorations
• a “plain” store so you can use this product in a math center any time of year that your students are ready to do money problem solving
These stores are used for reference by all students, and are not “consumable”- reuse them in math centers.

• A set of 8 differentiated task cards for each store(24 total cards-4 per 8 X 11 sheet):
- Cards #1 - #4 (with a blue outline for quick identification) have one step, fairly “straightforward” problems to solve- gloves cost $____, belts cost $____- How much does a belt and a pair of gloves cost?
- Cards #5 - #8 (with a red outline for quick identification) have problems that require multiple steps and sometimes more than one operation- “If you buy these three items and give the sales clerk $20, how much change to you receive?”
• A recording sheet with 8 spaces -students will need more than one copy if they will be solving 12 of the differentiated story problems. Students circle the store and the outline color represented on their task card, then write the task card # on the line provided in each box. The directions say that the students will get directions from the teacher about how to “show their work” so they can practice specific problem solving strategies that you have been working on with them before writing & solving the equation.
• An answer key for the 24 task card problems
• 8 pages of cut & glue activities in which the students choose items they would like to “purchase”, then create a variety of different equations based on directions given
• 8 pages of the same problem solving cut & glue activities, but without Christmas decorations so the activities can be done any time of year

The computation practice represented in these task cards and activities is not difficult-students add 2, 3, or 4 numbers with a sum no greater than 20. However, several challenges are presented that increase the difficulty of the tasks:
• the problems include $ notation-students must read and write the even dollar amounts for each problem.
• The reading level may be challenging- the problems are ‘wordy” .This “wordiness” was intentional to provide students with fairly authentic shopping scenarios which require mathematical thinking (aligning well with CCSS strategy building concepts). You may need to have your primary students partner read the problems or use them during guided math-PLEASE check the reading level in the preview to be sure it fits the instructional needs of your students.

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Christmas Shopping Problem Solving Task Cards & Activities
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Christmas Shopping Problem Solving Task Cards & Activities
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