Using real coins, Lester Prairie first graders are trying to become experts at counting money by going to the grocery store. After students brought in empty food containers from home the classes thought of a name for their grocery store and decided how to organize the items. Then, of course, the children had to make signs for each category. Once the store was set up, it was time to shop. Boys and girls wrote out their own receipt and then used coins to pay the cashier. Unlike at a real store, the cashier gave all of the money back and students got to go shopping again! Oh, and the prices…what bargains! After all, we are just learning, but authentic experiences make math more meaningful and show children how it fits into their world.
submitted by Connie Murphy, First Grade Teacher