Money Counts
Number Sense/Computation
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Objective
Students will count and compare amounts of money less than or equal to one
dollar.
Overview of the Lesson
Through a collection of handson activities, students gain experience in counting,
exchanging, and comparing money. Students begin the lesson by finding all of the
possible combinations of coins that can be used to equal a specified amount of
money. They then compare two amounts of money and use number sense skills
and problem solving strategies to move coins from one group to another so that
both groups are equal in value. Students play the Money Exchange Game as they
roll a die with money amounts and try to be the first person to obtain exactly $1.00.
Students must make monetary exchanges in the game such as trading ten pennies
for a dime. The students are then immersed in an economics activity as they shop
in the teacher made puppet supply store where they are given one dollar to buy
items to make a paper bag puppet.
