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Back to School Supply Shopping Task - Primary Grades

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages

Calculate the cost of school supplies and answer questions with this back-to-school math activity.

Looking For Some Fun Back-to-School Activities?

Are you looking for a primary grades curriculum-aligned back-to-school resource? This resource integrates math with school supply shopping activity! With this resource students are tasked with: 

  • Identifying school supplies needed based on a shopping list
  • Counting money in single-dollar increments to find the cost of needed supplies
  • Tracking the amount of money spent purchasing supplies
  • Solving ten addition problems using addition to find the total cost of various supply groupings

Through this activity, students will practice following a list, determining cost, counting money, and simple addition of whole numbers.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your back-to-school lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this math project to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by completing the activity in a 1-on-1 setting or with a small group.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who are fast finishers, encourage them to share their supply cost tracking sheet with a partner for them to check.


Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download for easy grading!

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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