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Monday, January 21, 2013

If I Had $100 to Spend in My Own Classroom {a FREEBIE!}

Hello Friends!

Happy Monday!  I’m lounging on my couch watching live coverage of the Inauguration, drinking my 3rd cup of coffee.  What an amazing day in history.  I feel lucky to be able to see it happen live :).  We’ll definitely be busy in school tomorrow discussing Dr. King and President Obama’s inauguration.

In a completely unrelated topic, I have a FREEBIE for you today!  I discussed some of my plans for our 100th Day of School here, and I left out a really fun {and I think, unique} activity we do in our classroom every year…our 100th Day Shopping Spree!

Our shopping activity is a twist on the 100th Day Favorite, “If I Had 100 Dollars”.
See, we actually give our kiddos real, crisp, green 100 fake bucks to spend on items and experiences in our classroom!

Check it out:


Students are provided a “shopping list” with items and experiences, as well as prices to prepare for their shopping trip in our classroom on {or around} the 100th Day of School.

Our students complete this list for homework, and bring it in on shopping day, but you could definitely have your students complete it in class.  I also included a blank template, if you’d like to write in your own choices.

I also included a Teacher Guide page and Parent Letters in this freebie packet, so you’re all set to get this fun activity going in your classroom!  We have so much fun with it year after year in 2nd Grade.  I cannot remember if I was the one that thought of it, or if it was Jenna, or our grade partner, Erica, but at this point I guess it doesn’t matter!

What I love about this activity is that if offers younger students a glimpse at what 100 dollars can really actually buy.  We used to do the “If I had 100 Dollars”, and I was amazed at what students thought 100 dollars could get them!  Although some of the prices are a little off on this list, they do get to see that 100 dollars will not buy them a new PS3 or a trip to Disney World.  Plus, it involves real math that your students get excited about!

I hope this becomes a tradition in your classroom for years to come {or at least this year!}

Click here to grab it from TpT!

And I have to mention my Winter Comprehension Passages really quick!  They’re selling really well in my TpT shop, and I am so, so, so proud of them!  They address all the comprehension skills my students need practice with in 2nd grade.  They’re great for small group or whole group.  Classwork or Homework!  Tomorrow, I will be giving the MLK Jr. {Non-Fiction} passage for homework!  If you’re already a fan, be on the look-out for the Spring Edition :)  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check them out here.

Winter Comprehension Sheets Cover

Sick Chain Preview!MLK Preview
Have a great week!



  1. Thanks for the freebie! Wonderful activity. Now to find out when our hundredth day of school is. Almost embarrassed to admit that I am not sure. I know that I didn't miss it! That I am sure of!

    I LOVE your comprehension packs and can't wait for the spring ones! We are also doing the MLK passage tomorrow for homework!

    Have a great day!
    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  2. Great 100th day activity! They all need so much help with money. I think your reading comprehension packs are great, since they are written exactly on level for your students!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  3. Thanks for the freebie! I missed the 100th day last week since I was out sick! I owe them!

  4. Your 100th day shopping spree looks like tons of fun!! We don't celebrate 100th day in 4th grade, but they do get to earn class money throughout the year to spend on things similar to what you listed on your shopping list! And it definitely gave me some more ideas! :)


  5. Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Tuesday!
    Love the freebie!!
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  6. New follower here!

    I love the 100th day activity... very creative. My kids would love that!


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