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Title of the Experience
We are opening a shop
Name of the teacher
Anna Bańkowska
Country where it took place
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
I took advantage of the experience of children in shopping at the school shop to conduct the exercise in the use of monetary calculation. I asked them to bring to school packs of their favorite products, which often land in the baskets when they do shopping with their parents and they buy in the school shop. And so in a few days an assortment of our class shop filled up. Finally, there was the opening of the store and the customers started shopping. The currency was Polish Zloty, students paid with notes at face-value they got to known earlier. Since the store was open for a week, everyone could play the role of the customer and the assistant. Students had to cope with addition and subtraction, as well as the calculation and giving back the change. It was also an excellent exercise to exchange grosze (Polish coin, 1 zloty=100 groszy) on zloty and vice versa. On the occasion of such purchases they also got acquainted with terms such as liter or half liter for the purchase of drinks. An additional task was to spend a predetermined amount of money, which amount was chosen randomly. This was an intentional action, designed to educate the ability to assign a certain sum of money to the number of products that may be bought for it. This experience has brought many benefits not only in terms of mathematical skills but also social and interpersonal skills.

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Date: 2014.11.09

Posted by Zuzana Kuppeova (Slovakia)

I really like this idea with the shop. Lessons performed this away also contribute to the popularity of the subject. The topics like grocery shopping, shopping of household goods or clothing always invoke the students’ interest. They like to solve these types of problems from financial mathematics. They practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of real numbers and converting units, or percentages in a fun way; they don´t even realize it. My students are the future chefs and waiters and they respond in a very good way towards the certain task solved within the groups. Each group brings various leaflets from supermarkets to the class. Then, they compiled menu for 2 people for the weekend by using these leaflets and
within certain financial limit. Finally, students present their purchase and I evaluate their pricing.

Date: 2014.11.09

Posted by Katarína Javorová (Slovakia)

The described experience has important educative value - pupils learn how to handle the numbers and mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, conversion of units and dealing with monetary currency. Shopping is an everyday matter with which students have experiences. Ability to handle money - currency is very important for their future life. This experience is developing the numeracy of lower grades’ pupils. I have a similar experience too; with the only difference that I'm doing it with pupils in the way that they only bring shopping receipts from a certain period (usually it is a week or a month). I use the activity "Shop" when teaching the topic - work with decimals and operations with them (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). The experience impressed me and I plan to do something similar next time – we will open a shop with pupils together. I believe that my students will benefit from the activity and this experience will help them at the next shopping with their parents. They will not have a problem to calculate how much the entire purchase is and how much money they can expect to be returned. The activity is suitable for higher grades too.


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