Today was about "showing what you know!" We combined our focus of addition and subtraction of decimals with word problems that had to do with visiting a barber shop, finding a total cost, paying a bill, and determining change. We used a page from The Mailbox Teacher's Helper Feb/Mar 2008 entitled "Checking Out."
Once they had completed the problems, I asked them to create their own word problem using the price list given. I also asked that they solve their problem and show their work.
If you would like to view the instructions given, please watch: Checking Out.