And we're back!
This is the first of a set of "coin card" activities that I designed for our first grade teachers and which received universal "thumbs up, Robert!" from the students who used them. I even tried it out on a 2nd grader who needed some remediation and she went to town on it as well.
So what's so good about these? Let me count the ways:
1) Quantity: there are 30 different cards, which means that its not so many that your kids will get lost, but not so few that they'll finish them all in 5 minutes.
2) Design: these are designed so that your students can actually place the coins on the cards so they can check their work before committing to an answer. You can even have the kids work in partnerships, so they can check one another's work.
3) Images: these are "ultra-realistic" images of coins - they're not cartoons or drawings - they are the actual images of coins in perfect proportions to one another.
4) Flexibility: You can hand these out as worksheets, you can cut them up and put them in a "fishbowl" so your students can work in any order they please. You can laminate them as cards and then have students record their solutions on the answer sheets. It's up to you!
5) Challenge: some of these cards are easy peasy, some are really super tough. The 'basic" set allows students to choose how many coins to use, while the "tougher" set specifies exactly how many coins they have to use.
6) DIY! Yes! Yes! Yes! I made some Do It Yourself sheets so your speedy gonzales type kids can make additional challenges for one another!
7) And yes, there's an answer key.