Tomorrow is already the first day of the second semester! Can you believe it?! Our firsties will be starting the semester with fresh, ✨new✨ supplies. ✏️🖍
Here’s HOW and WHY:
At the beginning of the school year, first grade students bring two sets of frequently used, disposable supplies. We start the year off with one set and store the other. Since Friday was the last day of the first semester, we packed up our gently used supplies and students brought them home- they loved this btw. What students loved even more than that was that they got to use our classroom MONEY 💰 to go SHOPPING 🛒 for new supplies on their own!!!
This was the PERFECT way to end our unit on money.
1️⃣We started off by reviewing coin values with some songs about money and practiced skip counting by each of the amounts- by 5s, 10s, and 25s.
2️⃣Students were each given a specific amount of money using our math manipulatives (both coins and bills).
3️⃣As a class, we went through a Google Slides presentation; each slide included the name, picture, and cost of the supplies that would be purchased. We went through the supplies one at a time and students were given the opportunity to come up with the correct amount needed in order to purchase that item.
4️⃣Students paid for the item and excitedly brought the purchase to their spot to show off to their friends. 💁🏼♀️
5️⃣Once everyone purchased that item, we moved on to the next one until all of the supplies were purchased.
6️⃣Bonus- some items came with a free gift with purchase of a brand new, freshly sharpened pencil! 😜
7️⃣Students counted their leftover change and sorted the coins where they belonged in our classroom cash register.
8️⃣Students organized their new supplies independently and with much energy! 🤪
This picture is a collage of a few of the slides I created and definitely don’t include real prices. I choose specific prices and sometimes have certain students certain coins they could or could not use. #differentiation —-
ALL of my kids left the lesson:
💡knowing how to make each amount of money
💡with a confidence in their ability to work as a team if a question arose
💡feeling a sense of ownership in their supplies