ALEX Lesson Plan


Let's Go Shopping

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Author:Courtney Karr
System: Lawrence County
School: Lawrence County Board Of Education
The event this resource created for:CCRS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33034


Let's Go Shopping


Students will be given a task card stating how to spend a certain amount of money. Students must look through sale papers, find the items to purchase, add the totals, multiply quantities, subtract from the total, and write a check to purchase the items.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 4
7 ) Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons. [4-NBT2]

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
4NPO1c: Compose or decompose whole quantities by place value (e.g., write whole numbers in expanded notation using place value: 342 = 300 + 40 + 2).

NAEP Statement::
4NPO1e: Connect model, number word, or number using various models and representations for whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.

NAEP Statement::
4NPO1i: Order or compare whole numbers, decimals, or fractions.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO3a: Perform computations with rational numbers.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.4.7- Compare the value of two numbers up to 100 and read a whole number up to 100.

MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 4
9 ) Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4-NBT4]

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
8NPO3a: Perform computations with rational numbers.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.4.9- Add and subtract one- and two-digit numbers with regrouping.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to

  • compute addition, multiplication, and subtraction problems including decimal amounts
  • calculate total sums
  • write number in word form

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Shopping Spree Directions, Task Cards, Order Form, Pretend Blank Checks, Pencils, Sale Papers


Technology Resources Needed:

Document camera or projector



  • Check links prior to lesson to make sure they are working properly on the device you will be using
  • Collect Sale papers prior to this lesson


  • Should have experience adding and subtracting money and writing numbers in word form

1. Ask the class to raise their hands if they enjoy shopping. What about shopping for toys? food? clothes? Tell students that today we are going on a "shopping spree".     

2. Place students in small groups with two to four students in each group. 

3. Tell students they will be given a task card with a scenario and a dollar amount they have to spend. It will be up to each group to find a sale paper and find items to “purchase”. Items should be chosen to match the task given.

4.  Provide students with a copy of the Shopping Spree order form. Students will write the item, quantity, and total amount on the order form. (Teacher may want to distribute one per group or one per student.)

5. Remind the class that each group will be responsible for keeping track of how much money they have left to spend. Consider using a spreadsheet application such as Excel or Google Spreadsheets to incorporate technology into the lesson.

6. Tell students that when each group has recorded everything they would like to buy, they must calculate the total. If they have enough money, they will write a check to “pay for the items”.  Remind students to use proper word form.  If the group does not have enough money, the order form must be revised.

7. Review an example with the whole group. Draw out a task card. Walk through all of the steps together as a class. Show the order form under a document camera and explain what is expected in each box. Show students the correct way to write a check. Leave an example of a completed check up for students to refer to.

8. Tell students you are listening to each group to make sure they are using appropriate math vocabulary such as sum, difference, quantity, etc. Pass out sale papers and a task card to each group. Allow students to work together to complete the task. If students are having difficulties, ask "What do you think should come next?" If students cannot continue, provide guidance where needed. 

9. When the order form is complete, give the group a "blank check" to pay for the items.

10. Close the lesson by leading students in a group discussion. Example questions to ask: Was this activity harder or easier than you expected? What did you find most challenging? What was the best method you found to keep track of the amount of money you had left to spend? 

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Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment of the order form and written check


Provide more task cards, items, or money.

Require students to add tax.


Allow students to use only the whole dollar amount. (If an item is $14.25, they can simply do $14.00.

Provide students with a partially filled order form.

Work with a teacher-guided small group to guide this process.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.