Activity Class Plan: Going Shopping
GOAL: To get students familiar with the numbers, basic math, and money
* Basic knowlege of numbers
* Probably best taught after the countables/uncountables and food classes
* Catalogues from a department store (Wal-Mart, Hi-Mart, Home Plus are all good)
* A couple of picture dictionaries
TARGET: Elementary school, Early Middle School
A) Make sure they know their numbers. Use whatever method works best for you.
B) Make sure they understand basic math. Go through addition and multiplication, since those will probably be most useful for this exercise. If they're advanced enough, talk about percent, and how it might apply to discounts. You can even mention the etymology of "cent" (100, from Middle French, Latin for "centum") and how it applies to things they already know (centimeter, cubic centimeter, centigrade (now celsius, 100 degrees is when water boils)). See if they can figure out a ten percent discount off a price.
C) Go through words related to shopping. "Shopping", "Buy", "Sell", "Cost", "Pay for", "Money", "Discount", "Sale", "Special", "Return", "Coin", "Bill", "Receipt", "Store", "Cash", "Counter", "Cash Register". You might want to give them a worksheet where they connect the word to its English or Korean definition.
D) Give them a template for a report about what they will be buying, and then divide the class into groups. Put an arbitrarily high number on the board, and tell the groups that they all have this much money, and they have to use it to buy items from the catalogues that you are going to give them. Whichever groups spends the closest to the total without going over wins.
E) The report should be of the format: "I went to [Hi Mart] to go shopping. At the store, I bought  [apples],  [boxes of crackers], etc. Everything that I bought cost [45000 Won]." You should use ground rules that put maximums on the amount that they can buy (no more than 10 of one item, for instance), and make sure that they translate every item that they've bought into English, or else it doesn't count for their total. Optionally, you can deduct points for spelling mistakes or grammar.
F) Summarize what they have learned for the day.