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HEB in the Classroom

With our money unit approaching, I decided to make counting coins real to my first graders. I wanted them to have a real-world connection on why we count coins. After several weeks of planning and designing, I created a mini HEB store in my classroom.

My students were so excited and ready to shop. Students can only shop for up to four items in the store, and as they shop, they use a whiteboard to write the amounts each item is worth. Each item in the store is labeled with a price tag. Once they are done they head to the cashier and count out the coins, and the cashier checks their money. Then students take turns being the cashier and shopper.

I shared pictures of our store through social media, and I had so many people that wanted to help out. I contacted Beverly Leday with HEB community outreach, and she wanted to help grow our store. Beverly and her manager Joe visited our classroom and gave us a real mini HEB grocery cart, four baskets full of play food, and two tags that the cashiers could wear. My students were so surprised. Definitely a day I will never forget. I had a parent donate two smaller grocery carts as well to our store. I am currently planning on adding a bakery section to our store. This store has made my first graders love counting coins, and I am planning on keeping it open when we learn about financial literacy.

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