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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Math FUN At The Monster Mall

This is the perfect time for your students to shop at the Monster Mall!  We met Common Core State Standards in the most un-common way!
Here are some of our monsters and one of our menus.

I started by cutting squares of green construction paper to 7" X 7".

I created some monster pieces (like eyes, noses, scars, hair, necks with bolts, and mouths) and made a menu:
I gathered or made hair, eyes,
noses, mouths, necks, and scars.
I got my craft supplies from Oriental Trading Company. They have wiggle eyes, pom-poms for the noses, yarn for the mouths, and foam sheets for the head, neck, and hair.
Each item on this menu cost one cube.

Then, I called up 4 students at a time and I gave them each 5 cubes, counters, or plastic coins to use as money.
Each of the 4 children I met with used a different
colored set of five cubes so I could keep track of
how many cubes each child gave me.
Each item cost 1 counter, so they did not have enough cubes to buy every item, but they did have enough to buy 5 items.

You can also use any counting blocks or play coins.
You can use stacking counters for money.
Plastic coins are always fun for children to use as they shop for pieces for their monsters.




This menu used 1 cent
 instead of 1 cube for each item.  

Some students bought hair, some did not.  The ones who bought hair got to decide if they wanted the hair to point down like bangs or up like spiked hair.

Some bought a scar to use on the side of their monster's face.  Some used the scar as a mouth.

If they bought a yarn mouth, they got to decide if they wanted the mouth to smile or frown.

Each monster looked different from the others, but they all cost 5 cubes.

We put them up in the school showcase.
Our monsters look great in the showcase
along with our stories.

We displayed our menu in the showcase too.
I love how each monster looks different.  
You can add more parts or increase the prices of the items to make it work for your own class. 

I have shopping receipt templates for 3 other stores:  
Meow Mall:  Students shop for parts to decorate their black cats.
Snowman Shop:  Students shop for parts to decorate their snowmen.
Leprechaun Store:  Students shop for parts to decorate their leprechauns.
You can find these receipts and directions here.

The Common Core State Standards call for real world math.  Shopping is as real as it gets, even at the Monster Mall!  Here are the CCSS covered in this lesson:

  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4a When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4b Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4c Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
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7 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea! We have to use pennies for the students to count to 20. I think I can incorporate this activity using that somehow. Thanks for the great idea, Palma!! Linda's Learning Loot

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    1. Great! You can take this idea and just add more items or raise the prices, just like in real-life, right? :oD

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  2. love all your shopping or mall activities. I make trick-or-treat bags with either, ghost, frankenstein, or jack-o-lantern so I'll try to use the shopping idea for those. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Awesome, jack-o-lanterns sound cute. You can also use this idea for other seasons: snowmen, leprechauns, etc. I have a free template for Olaf pieces where kids buy the pieces to build a snowman. The FREE template is in this post: http://kfundamentals.blogspot.com/2014/12/do-you-want-to-build-snowman-and.html

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  4. Super cute! Visuals are soooo helpful, too :) Do you have pictures / posts of the other shopping receipts (cats, leprechauns)? Also, did could you include your shopping receipt template for the monsters in the TPT pack?

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  5. That's a GREAT idea, Leeanne. I created the monster activity long after the others which were part of my receipt template pack, so it wasn't part of the set. I will put it on my list of new products to create. I'll blog about it once it's made. Thank you for your feedback! :)

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