As part of their money unit for mathematics, Fieldston Lower first grade students and teachers opened a pattern block store! Teachers played "storekeepers" and "bankers," while students played "shoppers."
Students were given four quarters and had to go to the "bank" to exchange their money for smaller coins (pennies, dimes, nickels). Students then took their money to the store to purchase pattern blocks with exact change. They could choose from hexagons, rhombi, triangles, and squares. These pattern blocks were used to complete puzzles with a partner.
Through this activity, students were able to apply their knowledge of skip counting (counting by 5s and 10s) in a real-life scenario, strengthen their double-digit computation skills, and continue their work on coin recognition.
Needless to say, the most exciting part of the store was when the storekeepers cut prices in half for their end-of-season sale!