This is a resource to set up an engaging math store to relate addition and subtraction of numbers to the process of shopping… a real life connection!
This is a fun activity to do as a summative assessment/end of unit celebration when you complete your addition/subtraction unit.
Half the class become cashiers while the other half become shoppers. The shoppers have a wallet full of money ($100, 1000, or 10 000). The cashiers have a till of money, products, and receipts to fill out. A shopper buys a maximum of 2 items per till and the cashier fills out the receipt, keeps the receipt, and then gives the shopper his/her change. Addition and subtraction are required on the receipts. Then the shopper moves to another till. After the majority of the class has spent their money, the class can switch roles. The shoppers take over one of the tills.
There are 2 ways to set up your math store- by purchasing inexpensive products at the dollar store or by allowing the cashiers to sell picture cards that are worth a certain amount.
This pack includes example pictures, detailed ideas, receipt templates with a completed example, printable bills and coins, and picture cards for cashiers to sell if you'd prefer not to buy dollar store goods.
I've included both American and Canadian versions of numbers in the thousands. (separated by commas and spaces)
I came up with the idea when I was trying to find a real world connection to addition and subtraction and a fun summative celebration idea. I've used this activity for 4 years now and every year, it is my favourite lesson. The kids are ridiculously excited, they love playing cashier, and they realize how fun math can be!