Learning About Money at Timber Point

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Teams of second graders at Timber Point recently worked to open temporary class stores at “Ms. Mercurio's Market” during their unit on money.

The students began by choosing store names, organizing their store rules and displaying the rules on store banners, which were then hung up in preparation for the next phase of the project. After they finished the planning phase of their store, they visited the “warehouse” to decide which items they wanted to sell at each store. Each team member was responsible for paying teacher Patrice Mercurio for every item, using their own real coins brought from home.

Next, the children set up their stores with the items they purchased at the warehouse and took turns shopping at the various stores in the market. They needed to pay for their purchases, using real money, and the store vendors counted the coins to make sure that they were using the correct amount. The coins were then returned to each child by the next day.

“It was a fun day and I believe that all the children learned some true life skills during this lesson,” Mercurio said.