Our math focus this week has been adding and subtracting dollar amounts. The students know to write all monetary amounts in the form of $__.__ __, and that the decimals need to be lined up with adding and subtracting. Today, the focus was on making change. Most of the children understand that when you don't have the exact amount of money, you give the cashier more and get change back. The process of deciding how much change is the challenge. We practiced this by giving every student the opportunity to be the shopper and the cashier in a game involving purchasing school supplies. Most of the students are still relying on a pencil and paper to subtract and find the change. Next week, we will learn why counting up is easier and practice using that method. This is a great skill to reinforce anytime you are shopping with your 3rd grader!
Little people, big minds.