Here's a fun way to practice important math skills, such as counting money, calculating change, adding, subtracting, and rounding. Buy and sell items from a vending machine and analyze the vending machine price list.
Print one or more vending machines. Cut out the white slots. Glue each vending machine to a file folder. Cut out the slots on the file folder as well.
Print and cut out the items that go with each vending machine you are using. Then print and cut out the bills and coins you wish to use. The bills ($1, $5, $10, and $20) are provided in both color and grayscale. Photos of real coins are also provided. These include photos of the front and back sides of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
To play, students take turns being the customer and the vending machine. The customer touches the item number and states which item he is purchasing. Then, he puts money through the slot to purchase the item. The person running the vending machine uses the price list to determine if change is required. If change is required, she puts it through the change slot. Then she slides the item through the bottom slot.
Students may record their purchases on the included record sheet.
Students use the price list and 3 worksheets to practice data analysis. Students compare costs, round numbers, add and subtract costs, and calculate change. The worksheets provide various levels of difficulty for differentiated learning.
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