As a self contained teacher, one corner stone of our curriculum is Community Based Instruction (CBI). While on CBI trips, we practice critical life skills such as making purchases in restaurants and stores. Many of our students have emerging skills in the areas of counting money and completing the steps required to purchase items. The skill of purchasing includes identification, knowing money values, and how to combine different coin and bill amounts. For students who are in the emerging stage of counting coin amounts, the Next Dollar Strategy is the best method for students to pay. The prerequisite to this skill is knowledge of written numbers and how to count 1:1 correspondence .
Next Dollar Strategy teaches students to identify the whole dollar amount, and then to give one more dollar to cover the change. For example, if the student hears “ Your total is $8.99,” he or she counts out $8, adds one more, and gives the cashier $9.00. Additionally, students are taught to give $1 if the amount is below that amount.
If you are teaching Next Dollar in your classroom, these Next Dollar Cards provide a concrete way to practice. Also to assist with Generalization, included in this kit are Data Sheets, a File Folder Game, an Interactive Story (Maria Goes Shopping), and a Purchasing Practice Booklet.
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