Spark your students' creativity as they participate in this unique shopping experience where students get to "buy" the parts for their projects. Promote mental math as students practice their math skills (counting, composing, & decomposing numbers) while they shop! Shop with 2-4 students at a time for about 10-20 min.
This set includes all of the pieces to create three math “shopping” experiences for your students (a black cat, a snowman, & a leprechaun). You may add other props to the sets with craft items such as pom-poms, Fun Foam, wiggly eyes, etc.
You get a full set of colored and a full set of black & while graphics to help your students create unique cats, snowmen, and leprechauns based on the parts they "buy".
Students are given a set amount of coins and they may "shop" for the pieces they want to "buy" for their project. The sets include 3 different receipts for each project plus one additional open-ended receipt so you may create additional projects and props if you like.
Actual photos and tips are included to help you create a FUN math experience for your students that promotes mental math for both addition and subtraction.
These projects make great bulletin boards demonstrating math thinking skills and creativity. They also make a wonderful addition to a memory book or student portfolio. This product will replace my "Shopping Receipts" product which did not come with any character templates or props.
Scholastic Magazine shared this creative math idea in their Sept. 2016 issue. I shared this idea with them and they used it to create an owl project. Use the last open-ended receipt to create more fun math projects where your students get to "buy" the parts to create items such as a Valentine, a Christmas tree, or a Gingerbread House! The possibilities are endless!
This can be simplified for Pre-K by limiting the number of pieces you are selling and it can be used with 1st or 2nd grade students along with a writing lesson. I used these, along with other ideas, with my kindergarten class and they looked forward to "shopping" every month!