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A Writing Across the Curriculum Lesson from NumberFix
Math Topic: money calculations Students Write: a story about spending money

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Karen McGee is a Northern Nevada Writing Project Teacher Consultant. She teaches a variety of inservice classes for the NNWP.

Karen keeps a personal portfolio of work here at WritingFix.

Follow the Path of
Five Dollars

This writing across the curriculum lesson was written by NNWP Teacher Consultant, Karen McGee, who believes it would work well with students in grades 3-6. Karen used it with her third grade class.


Student Samples Page:

Below, find four samples from third grade students. If you have a fourth, fifth, or sixth grade sample to share with us, we will send you one of the NNWP's Print Resources for your classroom, if we feature the writing on this page. Send sample stories to us at Publish@writingfix.com.


Emme’s Dollars
by Emme, third grader

I felt so lucky that my aunt gave me five dollars for my birthday. “What should I buy?” I asked.

“Buy something beautiful,” said my sister.

“Buy something good to eat,” said my dad.

“Buy something nice to wear,” said my mom.

First I went to the grocery store to buy a flower. It was $1.00 plus 10 cents in tax. I spent $1.10. I had $3.80 left to spend. Then I went to the gas station to buy a Slurpee. It was $1.00 as well and 10 cents in tax. I spent $1.10, and I had $2.70 left to spend. Next, I bought some lip gloss at the Dollar Store. It cost $1.00, the tax was 10 cents, and I spent $1.10. I had $1.60 left.

I gave the flower to my sissy. I gave the Slurpee to my dad, and I gave the lip gloss to my mom. I gave the money I had left to my piggy bank. I felt so good.

“Thanks, lil’ sis,” my sister said.

“Yummy,” my dad said as took a sip of his Slurpee.

“This lip gloss is so sparkly!” my mom said as she gave me a hug.

I felt like someone had just told me I got a puppy.

 

Luis’s Dollars
by Luis, third grader

I felt so lucky that my brother gave me $5.00 for my good grades on my report card. I got AAAAAAAB. Yea! “What should I buy?” I asked.

“Buy something beautiful,” said my mom.

“Buy something good to eat,” said my dad.

“Buy something nice to wear,” said my brother.

“Okay, I will,” I said. First, I went to the Dollar Store to buy a snow globe. It cost $1.00 and the tax was 10 cents. The total was $1.10. Now I had $3.90 left.

Then I went to the 7 Eleven, and I bought a Sprite. It cost 50 cents. The tax was 5 cents, and all together it cost $.55. I took $.55 from $3.90 and I had $3.35 left.

Then I went to Goodwill, and I bought shorts. They cost 55 cents. The tax was 5 cents, and the total was 60 cents.

Now I had $2.75 left. I put that money in my wallet. I said, “Thank you, Brother. I bought a snow globe for Mom, a Sprite for you, and some shorts for Dad.”

Mom said, “Oh, I love this snow globe.”

“Mmmm, this Sprite is so good,” said my brother.

“Oh my gosh, these shorts are so nice,” Dad said.

I felt great.

 

Melanie’s Dollars
by Melanie, third grader

I felt so lucky that my grama gave me $5.00 for Christmas. “What should I buy with my $5.00?” I asked.

My Grama told me, “You should buy something beautiful.”

I said, “Okay,” and I went to the store and I bought a necklace. It cost $1.00 plus 10 cents tax, and I had $3.90 left.

Then my Grama told me to buy something nice to eat, and I went to Super Burrito and I bought a burrito. It cost 99 cents plus 9 cents tax, and I had $2.82 left.

Then Grama said, “Buy something nice to wear.” So I went to Walmart, and I bought a lip gloss. It cost $1.00 plus 10 cents tax.

Then I had left $1.80. I put my necklace and lip gloss on, and I went to my Grama’s to share my burrito for lunch. I felt happy, and I thanked my Grama for my present.

 

Nate’s Dollars
by Nate, third grader

I felt so great. I earned my $5.00 for cleaning the house. “What should I buy?” I asked.

“Buy something beautiful,” said my mom.

“Buy something good to eat,” said my uncle.

“Buy something nice to wear,” said my dad.

“Okay, I will,” I said. I went to Goodwill and found a beautiful vase. It cost $1.00 and tax was 10 cents. That left me with $3.90.

Then I went to the Dollar Store. I found a delicious candy bar. It cost $1.00. Tax was 10 cents, and that left me with $2.80.

Last, I went back to Goodwill and found a hat. It cost 50 cents. Tax was 5 cents, and that left me with $2.85.

When I got home, I ate my candy bar and put flowers in the vase. I gave the hat to my dad, and I put the $2.25 in my bank so I can earn enough to go to college. That $5.00 felt like the best spent dollars in months.

 


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