Let's go shopping! In this activity, students have fun doing what they like to do best- BUY TOYS:)
Students are arranged in groups of 2 or 3 for this activity. Each group receives this worksheet and a toy catalog. You can obtain free catalogs from any toy store or download an electronic version. Make sure that all groups receive the same catalog.
Each group has a spending account of $1000. They decide what they are going to buy from the catalog and document it on the worksheet. If they buy more than one of a certain item, they must multiply the cost accordingly.
The group that obtains the closest amount to $1000 wins!
As the teacher, you can differentiate and decide how far you want to take the calculations. For example, you can have the students apply your states sales tax for each item.
As this activity is meant to have students practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, it is not encouraged to have the students use calculators.
As the teacher, you can also change the way the challenge is presented and have different rounds. Here are some suggestions:
(1) The group that can buy the least number of items to reach $1000 wins
(2) Round each item you buy to the nearest dollar. The group that makes exactly $1000 wins
(3) The group closest to $1000 with only buying one of each item wins
When I use this activity, I decorate my classroom with Christmas items, play holiday music, and wear a Santa hat, but you can use this with any theme. Everyone loves to shop.