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Counting Cash: Students Practice Handling Money Through Simulated Transactions

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
Resource Type
Formats Included
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Students practice handling money through simulated purchases and sales transactions.

Big idea

Knowing how to make change can help you prevent costly and embarrassing mistakes and help make sure you’re in control of your money

Essential questions

  • Why is it important to be able to conduct efficient and accurate money transactions?
  • What strategies can I use to accurately calculate my change after making a purchase? 


  • Practice counting out the correct amount of change after a simulated purchase
  • Practice giving back change in the fewest number of bills possible

What students will do

  • Participate in simulated sales transactions.
  • Calculate correct change using the fewest number of bills.

Files Included:

Student Worksheet

Teachers Guide


Grade level: Middle school (6-8)

Age range: 11-14

Student characteristics: English language learners, Special education, Low income, Rural, Urban

Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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