This logic puzzle asks your students to use clues to determine how many pennies and nickels six students have. Kids love the challenge of logic puzzles and this one combines the skill of counting money with the skill of creating a bar graph that depicts the number of cents each student has in pennies, nickels, and in total.
Basic math skills of less than, greater than, addition, subtraction, and multiplication are developed in this activity as students use the clues to solve the puzzle. After successfully solving the puzzle an addition (optional) sheet asks students to create a bar graph for each student's pennies, nickels, and total money.
This puzzle is suitable for the upper elementary grades - while counting pennies and nickels is not a new skill for a fifth grader, they will benefit from the logic puzzle portion and the graphing. A third grader might need support with the logic clues and graph, but the practice of counting money in a fun puzzle is invaluable :)
I have a similar product available that is slightly more challenging (less direct clues and uses pennies, nickels, & dimes). You can find it here: Counting Money Logic Puzzle Gr 4 - 7
I also have many other logic puzzles suitable for elementary students - see them all here:
The Science Vault's Logic Puzzles