Estimating Prices of Common Items

Google Slides for helping students estimate prices

The Google Slides (link at bottom of page) has an editable text box to allow educators and parents to enter items for estimation (below, top). Several items can be included in a single Google Slides (below, bottom).

If a student has an unreasonable response, a follow up activity can be provided. In the follow up, the student shops online for 3 different examples of the item (below, top). In the example at the bottom, the student had reasonable estimates for shoes and a laptop, and was tasked with shopping for candy bars and a bag of chips. After multiple sessions, the student began to estimate candy bar prices in the low single digits.

Here is a link to the artifact. You have to make a copy to use it.

Authentic Activities – Money and Prices

Below is a photo of a typical worksheet for money. I worked with a parent of a high school student severely impacted by autism and she explained that her son worked on nothing but worksheets when he worked on math. For students with more severe disabilities the worksheet may not be real or meaningful as the photos and the setting may be too abstract.


Below is a photo of shelves in a mock grocery store we set up at our school for students who were in a life skills program. They would have a shopping list, collect the items in a basket then compute the total cost. We had a mock register set up (eventually we procured an actual working register) and the students made the same types of calculations they would on a worksheet but in an authentic setting, which was more concrete. We would start with simple money amounts, e.g. $1.00 then make the prices increasingly more challenging, e.g. $1.73.

mock grocery store
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