Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Let's Go to the Movies...

That's what we're doing in Miss Law's Class this week!

No it's not a field trip...

it's economics!

Since we are at our first job, school, we need to learn about earning, spending, and saving.

We are working and earning money to be able to go to the movies on Friday.

This how we earn money.

This is how we can lose money.

This is a chart for reference.

This is how it works in our classroom. Each morning after students unpack and go to the bathroom, I greet them at the door with $1. 

Our day goes pretty much as usual except that I am banking through out the day.

Every time I catch someone doing a good job following the rules I pay them a penny. When I catch someone not following the rules, they pay me a penny.

At the end of the day, I collect work and pay them a dime for everything that they turn in. Whatever is not turned in, they pay me a dime. We do the same thing for homework.

If their name is under the happy face at the end of the day, I pay them a quarter. If their name is under the sad face, they pay me a quarter.

At the end of each day, we go around the room and they tell how much money they have.

They are learning that they need to earn and save their money in order to be able to buy what they want.

We are also trading money all day. It's GREAT money practice also!

Each day I also tempt them by selling an item. On Monday, I sold stickers for 25 cents.  I only had 1 purchase. On Tuesday, I sold a piece of candy for 50 cents. I had more buyers. Some refused to be tempted!  Today I sold very large stickers for 75 cents. We LOVE stickers in my class! I had no buyers. They were too busy counting their money.

This has been lots of fun for everyone, including me! They have no idea how much they are learning!

Click on any of the pictures above to download my charts. ENJOY!


  1. You may be happy to know that your awesome printables are already on Pinterest(or maybe not depending on you feel about Pinterest), and that's where I came from. I'm not a teacher, but I printed out the "Trading Money" sheet, since I think it will be amazing for my 4 and 6 year-old girls. Thank you! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing! I love this!

  3. OK, so I have had a super LONG day...I need further explanation u use "fake"or "real" money? If its fake, is it play $$$ like from the dollar store?
    I NEED to do something with my kiddos these last 30 days...hoping this keeps us all in

  4. Kathy!! I LOVE<,LOVE, LOVE this!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. This is too great! We only have 9 more days of school what a great incentive for those last days! I am printing it now!

  6. Tracy....we use the play money that we have at school.


  7. I love your ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Wow this is a great idea for economics! Thank you for sharing

  9. Your posters are great!! I need to make a more advanced version for my class. I do a similar activity in my second grade class every year-4th quarter. It is such a motivator and helps my kids focus these last few weeks of the year. We use our money for our classroom store and we will have an auction at the end of the year. I am amazed at how kids learn to handle money so quickly with this activity:)
    Surfin' Through Second

  10. Love it! Teaches basic moneyskills, responsibility, work ethics, and the value of saving. Does a small group get to watch a movie when they reach ths goal.

  11. I absolutely love this! I give out tickets and kind of do the same thing with them. They get to buy coupons with special priviledges once a week. Some really want to buy the big ticket items (LOL!) and use almost all their tickets. They then buy smaller priviledges for less tickets and work their way back up. I've been tempted to try the money but not sure if I'm brave enough! How long are you doing this for?

  12. Thanks for sharing...This is ingenious!!

  13. You are amazing and an inspiration... Your students are so lucky to have you as their teacher! Again - another above and beyond activity to bring learning to life in such a fun way for your kiddos!

  14. I heart your posters! Thank you for sharing! P.S. I am a newbie blogger and I just followed your blog and your pinterest!

    I Heart My Kinder Kids

  15. I really loved this idea! I incorporated the last nine weeks of school. I was really wanting to start with this but maybe a simpler version at the beginning of school, and also be able to change what the BIG "reward" would be. Have you adapted this anymore? Or added to it? Thank you

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  17. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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