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Buy it with the Little Farmer

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://lizardpoint.com/games/buyit/BuyIt.php

Website Example: http://lizardpoint.com/games/buyit/BuyIt.php

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional), speakers and/or headphones

Activity Description

Help your students practice their money counting skills with this interactive game. When students pay the little farmer with exact change, he says "thank you." When they get the amount wrong, he says "uh-oh." There are three levels of difficulty:

  • Easy level: The cents portion of the price ranges from 1 to 28 cents and the amount you have paid so far is shown in the yellow box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Medium level: The price could be anything from $1.01 to $5.99 and the amount you have paid so far is shown in the yellow box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Hard level: The amount you have paid so far is not shown.

Preparation

  1. Make sure that the Web site is not blocked at your school before using it with students. You may also need to enable the site in your Java console as it may be disabled. (See Teacher Tips below for instructions if needed.)
  2. Teach the various coins and bills as well as their values.
  3. Provide students an opportunity to practice paying for items in pairs with play money.
  4. Make sure students are familiar with using a mouse before engaging in this activity.
  5. Place a bookmark or favorite on the browsers in your lab if using this as an individual activity, or link it to your class Web site.

How-To

  1. Open the Example Web Site (above) and direct students how to get there if you are using a computer lab..
  2. Have students select an appropriate level (easy, medium, or hard) and practice individually.
  3. Circulate the room to help students who may be struggling.
  4. If you only have one computer and a projector, do this as a whole class activity, having students come to the front of the room to make their choices.

Teacher Tips

  • To enable this site on your Java Console on a Windows computer, try going to the Start menu and select Java. Once in the control panel, select the Security tab and the select the Edit Site List button. Add in the URL for the site. If you do not have the rights to do this, you will need to contact your IT person.

Levels

  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (1.2) Use information to identify and purchase goods and services
  • (1.1) Use measurement and money

Basic Communication

  • (6.1) Compute using whole numbers
  • (6.0) Demonstrate pre-computation skills
  • (6.9) Use estimation and mental arithmetic
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.