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Take it to the Store!

Lis Pace
Eastside Elementary School
Whitfield County Schools


Students will display their knowledge of coins and their values in this task. They will play a game entitled Take it to the Store. Students will role-play various jobs as a banker and a customer, and then as an accountant. Students should have had previous experience working with coins. They should have an understanding of characteristics specific to each coin and their values.

Illustrative Task
In order to activate prior knowledge, students will sing the Coin Song. Teacher will log on to and show several coin combinations. Students will take turns answering questions regarding the different coin combinations.
Students should be placed into four groups. One student will be the store owner and the rest will be customers.
  • The store owner will be given a supply of small items to sell.
  • The customers will be given a bag (coin purse) with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
  • The customers will each have a turn at purchasing two items with their money from the store owner.
  • After each turn, change jobs until everyone in your group has had a chance to play each job at least once.
You can vary the directions by either having the customer give the store owner exact change or the store owner can/may give the correct change back if required.

After all the students have purchased an item the store will close and the store owner will take the money to the bank. The students will then be accountants.
  • In groups, the students will sort the money that the store owner earned from the sale onto four paper plates according to coin type (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters).
  • Students will be encouraged to look at the different attributes of each coin in order to place the coin in the correct group.
  • Students will count the number of coins they have in each group.
  • The teacher will distribute the labeled graphing grids to each group.
  • Students will display their information on the graphs.
  • Have students check their results with the completed coin graph.
The task will end with students sharing their graphs and sharing their work with the class.

GPS Addressed
MKN1. Students will connect numerals to the quantities they represent.
    a. Count a number of objects up to 30.
    h. Identify coins by name and value (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter).
    i. Count out pennies to buy items that together cost less than 30 cents.
    j. Make fair trades involving combinations of pennies and nickels or pennies and dimes.
MKD1. Students will pose information questions, collect data, organize, and record results using objects, pictures, and picture graphs.

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Use these questions to guide your thinking about some of the important teacher ideas in the lesson featured in the video clip.
  1. What kinds of questions does the teacher ask to promote students’ problem solving?
  2. How is the teacher gauging students’ current understandings and building from those understandings?
  3. Consider the GPS standards listed with this video.
  4. What makes this lesson different from lessons you have taught on this topic?

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