Pair this lesson with books like "Farmer's Market Day" by Shanda Trent, "Lola Plants a Garden" by Anna McQuinn, or "Eating the Alphabet" by Lois Ehlhert, to tie the growing of fruits and vegetables in with this money activity exploring adding coins to amounts less than $1.
Objective: Students will represent various monetary values using a variety of coins by “buying” items on their shopping lists for Thanksgiving dinner.
This lesson provides three different options for students to demonstrate their knowledge of coin values and creating amounts of money, all under $1. The three options vary in amount of choice and creativity students are given, as well as the amount of time it would take to complete the assignment.
Option 1: A Trip to the Farmers’ Market
Directions Read: Pretend you are shopping for food at a Farmers’ Market. Cut and glue coins next to each item on your shopping list to buy it.
This is the shortest and most straightforward of the assignments. Students are all presented with the same shopping list and use all represent the same amounts of money. It is a fairly traditional worksheet assignment and could be given for classwork or homework.
Option 2: Choosing Your Food at the Farmers’ Market
Directions Read: Pretend you are shopping for your food at a local farmers’ market or produce stand. A list of foods and their prices is below. Choose the things YOU would like to eat and how many of each you would buy. (For example, if you would like 3 bunches of berries and 2 peaches, but no corn, that’s ok! This is your list!) Then, glue the appropriate coins under each item to show that you had enough money to buy them.
This option allows students the freedom of creating their own shopping list, from a fairly restricted list of choices. It allows for the silliness of having more all berries and no veggies, but, still, students meet the objective of creating a given amount of money with coins.
Option 3: Create Your Own Trip to the Farmers’ Market
Directions Read: Cut pictures of the food you would LIKE to buy at a farmers’ market or produce stand and glue each picture in a box. Then, cut out coins and glue them below to represent the cost of each item.
This option allows for the most creativity but requires a bit more prep work and more time. It could be a great classwork or homework project. Collect newspaper ads/circulars from your local grocery stores. Let students cut out pictures from the ads and glue them on the receipt form (best copied on 11x17 paper). Then have them glue coins under each item to show the appropriate amount of money needed to buy it. Depending on prices, they may need an extra coin sheet for this.
**Make it partner work!** Consider allowing students to work with partners to plan their shopping trips and present them to the class. It’s a good opportunity for them to negotiate making decisions together.
Coin Clipart By: Sallie Borrink @ Discovering and Doing What Works