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August 23, 2005

Lesson Planning - Take Your Students Shopping!

Hello everyone!

Shopping anyone?

Teaching about American money can be as boring or exciting as you make it. Instead of just having your students memorize what coin has what value and then simply answer when asked, why not make it fun? And what better defines fun than a shopping trip? Here’s how it works . . .

. . . Either use real American money (coins and bills) or make some fake ones. (You can design them yourself, or find graphics online.) Then you’ll need to pre-select some items that will be “for sale.” You can choose ordinary items, such as pencils, paper and books, or get really creative and include an interesting video, a bottle of medicine, even a pair of mismatched socks. Use your imagination! Line the items up on a table.

Next, assign one of your students as “shopkeeper” and another as the customer. Give the “customer” a set amount of money and tell him to go shopping. The rules are that the total transaction has to be conducted in English. In addition to learning about the money your beginner students will learn phrases such as, “How much does this cost?” “What is this used for?” and “Will you take two dollars for it?”

Depending on the class, this can either be a serious learning experience, or a rip-roaring laughter filled lesson that they won’t forget for a long time.

Have fun, and let me know how it works out!

Until next time,


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Posted by msimmons at August 23, 2005 05:35 PM

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