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. There are also two levels of difficulty for the two more structured activities, allowing you to differentiate the assignment based on your students' needs.
Option 1: Buying Thanksgiving Dinner
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: Buy Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner
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 pie than turkey and no green beans or corn, if they’d rather not. Still, students meet the objective of creating a given amount of money with coins.
Option 3: Create Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner
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 in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. 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 meals 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