Preparing For Back To School: Smart Shopping For Children, Teens And Adults

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 25, 2014 11:48:45 PM

Introducing Kids To Financial Literacy

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Summer offers an excellent opportunity to create financially savvy kids. Youngsters often have free time and can learn about the value of a dollar, by shopping with their families. Weekly advertisements with back to school supplies and clothes can be used to teach students valuable math skills. Children can compare the regular price to the sale price and calculate the amount saved. Then, they can calculate the percentage saved on each item.

Teens and preteens can create lists of ways to generate income. Families can clean their closets and garages to find items to sell at garage sales. Children can price and prepare the items for the sale. On the big day, families can teach kids how to calculate prices.

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This poem is taken from the book, What I Did During My Summer Vacation

Smart Shopping Books

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students kids about smart shopping. These expository texts can be used to introduce students to mathematical calculations and other concepts. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that helps students to learn about saving money when shopping at www.biguniverse.com

thumb.jpg Super-Smart Shopping by Mattie Reynolds (author) © 2013 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781937529390

People shop for things they need and things they want. Before spending money, smart shoppers save, budget, and compare. This introduction to financial literacy helps us learn ways to spend wisely.

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Shopping in the City by Sara A. Johnson Read Now Quiz Bookshelf ISBN: 9781433304194

The city is a big and busy place with a lot of people and places to eat and shop. Discover the many ways subtraction is used every day in the city. Apply your knowledge of subtraction for each item you buy, such as a t-shirt or a hotdog. 32pp.

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The Shopping Cart

by Kris Bonnell (author), Deb Brown (illustrator) © 2010
Read Now Quiz Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781608920303
Mom goes shopping with the baby. Will Mom buy too many things?

Important Resources For Teachers

84573-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Pretty-Teacher-Reading-A-Story-Book-To-Diverse-Children Teachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com

thumb-1.jpg Smart Shopping Math by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2011 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781612470009 The reproducible lessons in each of the six books in this series presents topics students are likely to encounter in everyday life. Each book contains problems that involve estimation, equations, mental math, calculators, and critical thinking. Additional concept-specific skills in each book include graphing, averages, statistics, ratios, and measurement. These 112-page reproducible books include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more. Units include: Retail & Wholesale, Reading Ads, Rental Sales, Buying on Layaway, Getting the Best Deal, Online Shopping, Shopping for a Neighbor, Second Time Around.

thumb-3.jpg Everyday Life Math by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2011 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781612470023 The reproducible lessons in each of the six books in this series presents topics students are likely to encounter in everyday life. Each book contains problems that involve estimation, equations, mental math, calculators, and critical thinking. Additional concept-specific skills in each book include graphing, averages, statistics, ratios, and measurement. These 112-page reproducible books include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more. Units include: Personal Care, Health, Getting Around, Managing Time, Community, Thinking About the Future, Thrifty Thinking, Sustaining the World.

Teaching Kids About Money Gives Them Something To Do During Summer Vacation

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 4.23.58 AM thumb-2.jpg What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator) © 2009 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781416970477 What I Did on My Summer Vacation is the first funny poetry book about summer vacation, with over forty sidesplitting poems covering everything from the much-anticipated last day of school to family road trips, wacky days at summer camp, learning how to swim, dizzying roller coaster rides at amusement parks, fun-filled days at the beach, and finally, the dreaded first day back to school. These hilarious poems, written by “The King of Giggle Poetry” and his all-star gang of Giggle Poets, are sure to make any kid count the days until summer vacation begins!

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

Big Universe has dozens of picture books to inspire math mojo. The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
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Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
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Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

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