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Shopping for Healthy Snacks

Karen Fouts
3rd Grade
Honey Creek Elementary School
Rockdale County Schools


In this math problem, the students work in small groups to select a healthy snack combination that totals exactly $3.55. This task combines students’ addition/subtraction fluency with estimating skills.

Performance Task
You have some money to buy snacks. How can you spend exactly $3.55? Find at least three different ways.
Baked chips 45¢Milk 86¢Hot chocolate 67¢
Apple 52¢Low-fat hot dog $1.25Veggie burger $1.44
Popcorn 49¢Orange 62¢Banana 87¢
Bottled water 99¢Frozen yogurt bar 39¢Raisins 56¢

List your three different combinations and the total price for each combination.

GPS Addressed
M3N2. Students will further develop their skills of addition and subtraction and apply them in problem solving.
  1. Use the properties of addition and subtraction to compute and verify the results of computation.
  2. Use mental math and estimation strategies to add and subtract.
  3. Solve problems requiring addition and subtraction.

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