2nd Grade Money Word Problems, Activities, & Counting Money Games for 2nd Grade

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2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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This money unit for 2nd grade and 3rd grade includes 15 challenging yet fun money centers, games, and activities your students will love. More than just worksheets, these money activities actively involve students in real world applications involving counting money, solving money word problems, showing monetary amounts in different ways, and more!

Check out the comprehensive preview to see all the money games and activities included in this unit::

► I Have Who Has Money game – counting quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. 30 cards in both color and black and white and includes an answer key

► Race for the Money adding money game – students practice adding groups of coins up to $1.00 – includes a game board, player pieces, and spinners. This is a great game for your money center.

► Give me the Loot game – a fun center game that is played like the card game War with 38 cards with money values less than $1.00 – Sets of cards in both color and black and white.

► Hunt for Buried Treasure counting money game – played like Bump, students add two different collections of coins to cover treasure chests on a treasure map.

► Trade ‘em Up to Make a Buck game – students trade in coins to make $1.00 – in both color and black and white – includes game board and spinners.

► Same Amount, Different Ways – Students are given a card with an amount of money and must use coins to represent that amount in different ways – black and white. Includes cards and 2 graphic organizers. Demonstrates multiple ways to solve a problem. Can be differentiated!

Mitzi’s Candy Shop word problems – Students use a menu to solve money word problems. Includes menu and 20 question cards. The task cards are in three levels of difficulty so you can differentiate. Includes answer key.

Mimi’s Diner real-world money problems – This is for your advanced students. Students use a menu to solve money problems greater than $1.00. Includes menu, order cards, and food cards. Allows for real-world application of skills and is a perfect money center for your early finishers!

Mystery Money task cards – In these money task cards, students are given clues and must use the clues to determine the mystery coins – black and white and includes an answer key. These task cards are challenging. Use them in a center or as a morning warm-up activity.

Three in a Row making change game – Challenging! A game in which students determine how much more money is needed from a given amount to make one dollar. Includes game board in black and white to be printed out on colored card stock and spinners.

Spin a Problem money word problems – students spin two spinners. They must then use the amounts on each spinner and the sum of the two amounts to create a word problem that can include either addition or subtraction.

Money Math Journal Prompts – 14 different money word problem prompts - students are given word problems involving money and must use a math journal page to draw a picture and then write how they solved the problem. Some prompts involve money amounts greater than $1.00 and two-step problems – includes an answer key. Prompts are available as 7 different prompts per page or 7 of the same prompt per page. Also includes a math journal graphic organizer.

Money Fairy Tales – students are given money amounts and must create a fairy tale using those amounts. Great for incorporating money and writing! – Includes booklet cover and money cards.

Money Logic Puzzles - these matrix logic puzzles are sure to offer a challenge!

What is the Question? Money Task Cards - students are given a word problem and the answer and must decide what the question would be to satisfy the answer. These are a great challenge and would make super morning warm-ups

You’ll also get...

  • Cards with objectives for all of the money activities – ready to print out on cardstock and post in the room
  • I Can cards for each money activity – ready to print out on cardstock and post in the room
  • Card with the CC standard ready to print out and post in the room
  • Labels to print out for materials stored in zip-lock bags
  • Money cards to use if you don’t have play money in your classroom.
  • Plus all of the money games and activities above


  • In centers
  • As warm-ups
  • For early finishers
  • Morning tubs
  • Small groups


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I LOVED THIS RESOURCE! I rarely type in all capitals, but this resource deserves a shout. I used this with a second grader and with a ninth grader who has a disability. Both were super engaged and the levels of discourse and critical thinking it generated were outstanding. Much better than comparable products purchased to teach the same skill. Well done! - Alissa L.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wow, wow, WOW!!! This unit is amazing! It is so comprehensive and includes activities to meet a wide variety of skills and levels. My kiddos especially loved "Mystery Money" -- they even asked for copies of the riddles to take home so they could try to stump their parents! Love it! :) Thanks so much for sharing your talents! - Cathy V.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Absolutely love the abundance of ideas in using these with my students! Innovative, so creative, and amusing for my students to learn counting money! They laughed, played~~or so they thought, while learning to count money. Less tears counting money and learning how with these ideas. Must have taken sooo many hours coming up with it all to share with us! Thank you! Very much appreciated! - Jessica F.


With the new common core standards, there is much more rigor in the curriculum; therefore, I have many activities which require more than simply counting coins. Students must use mathematical reasoning and show multiple ways to solve problems in most of the activities. I have also included multi-step problems. There are several opportunities for students to incorporate writing into the math curriculum with the Spin a Problem activity, Math Journal Prompts, and Money Fairy Tales.

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Keep 'em Thinking!

Susan Morrow

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