- "Caillou's Coins"
Caillou accompanies Mom to the grocery store and brings along some money from his piggybank. He gets his own shopping cart and helps Mom gather the things on the grocery list. Caillou finds a way to spend his money: he gets his face painted by a lady at the store. Back home, Caillou has a surprise for Rosie: he gives her a helium-filled balloon that the face-painting lady gave him.
- "Trading Places"
While attempting to rescue Dr. Marbles, the kids and Digit crash land on cybersite Nowhere, along with Hacker, Buzz and Delete. In a race to rebuild their cybercraft and save Marbles, Digit and the kids learn to trade and barter and eventually create a monetary system.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Arthur Bounces Back - Develop awareness of money as students pretend to purchase advertised items with play money.
- Arthur: Money Math - Sort, pattern, and count with math activities from Arthur.
- Cyberchase: Know Your Dough - Explore essential saving and spending skills with fun printable games and crafts.
- Mathline: Money Counts - Count and compare amounts of money less than or equal to one dollar.
- PBS Parents Guide to Early Math: Grocery Store Bingo - Look for certain signs in the grocery, like "2 for 1," and mark them on your bingo card.
- Reading Rainbow: Worksong - Make a special container for saving money.
- ZOOM: Printables - Tower of Coins - Can you remove just one nickel from a stack of 12? (PDF)
Cyberchase: Coin Toss - Understand basic principles of randomness and probability to predict the results of a number of coin tosses.
- Cyberchase: The Quest - Budget money, plan for future expenses and apply problem solving skills while playing this interactive game. (Advanced Activity)
- It's My Life: Mad Money - Develop an awareness of money and how much things cost. Think it's easy to get enough money for all the cool things you want and need? Play this online game to find out. (Advanced Activity)
- The Coin Counting Book
By Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Published February 2001 by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Count pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars and dollars. Determine all the ways to make 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, and so on. This picture book is a great introduction to money, counting, simple addition, and problem solving.
- Follow the Money!
By Loreen Leedy
Published March 2002 by Holiday House, Inc.
Follow George, a quarter, from his stamping in the mint through his small adventures in finance. Each page provides opportunities to count and compute with money. Even the page numbers are stated in money. A final section gives more information about money and a glossary. The illustrations provide plenty of humor and interest.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.