Using a Calculator

Class Discussion.
Who does the shopping in their house?
What they might like to buy themselves?
Using magazines, newspapers etc. prepare a chart of likely items or services they might like to buy.
Eg. Sweets, chips, coke, burger, tights, price into cinema, bowling, swimming pool

Role play:
Prepare price tags and label some "shopping" items.
Prepare a shopping list with student.
Give the student a wallet with money.
Assist the student in making a list of the prices and adding up using a calculator. (See worksheet)
Discuss the cost of the purchases and emphasise that the student must have sufficient money.

Assessment Comments:
The teacher can assess the students' performance according to his success with the work sheets of the type provided.
Social skills should be emphasised eg. Waiting in line to be served also politeness to fellow customers and avoiding excessive fuss.

Summary/ Follow-up Work:
Prepare a shopping list (with student) for the local supermarket or chemist. Let him try out his skills in a real setting.
Provide opportunities to pay for his own bowling, swimming or snack at a local Café.
Avoid over organising things for the student. Empower the student to be as independent as possible.

Tips to Remember for using a Calculator

To Add Up

1. Press each complete price
2. Then the adding sign +
3. Lastly the equal sign =
4. This gives the answer

49 +
27 +
1.30 +
2.06 =
To work out Change

1. Using a calculator press 150 ( the amount at the start)
2. Then press the "take away" button - ( the amount you spent)
3. Then press the equals button =
4. The amount of change will show up

To get the Correct Change
I had       £1.50
I spent           49 -
The change £1.01 =