This activity is an entertaining and creative way for students to practice counting money! After they have figured out how much their name is worth, students often ask for extra sheets of paper to figure out how much a friend’s name is worth. It is aligned with the following 2nd grade Common Core Math Standard and can be adjusted for other grades. After doing this as a class activity, I usually assign for homework and then make it a math center with a list of student names.
Common Core Standards:
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.
Directions: First students need to write their name either in the spaces provided on the chart or in the blank space. Then have them use the money chart to write down the name and the value of the coin for each letter. I encourage students to place math coins on each letter so that counting is hands-on. Once they have figured out the correct value and written it at the bottom of their handout, students are allowed to trace over their letters or make their letters fancy with colored pencils, crayons or markers.
I have included 8 different handouts:
• “How Much is Your Name Worth” w/ chart to insert name
• “How Much is Your Name Worth” w/ blank space to insert name
• “How Much is Your Friend’s Name Worth” w/ chart to insert name
• “How Much is Your Friend’s Name Worth” w/ blank space to insert name
• “How Much is a Family Member’s Name Worth” w/ chart to insert name
• “How Much is a Family Member’s Name Worth” w/ blank space to insert name
• 2 differentiated handouts for students who need smaller
amounts to count.
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