Extend and enrich learning about money with these engaging activities. Try the problem solving and strategizing money task cards and Don't Break the Bank activity with your students once they demonstrate an understanding of coin value and coin counting.
In this download you will find two activities, Money Grab and Don’t Break the Bank. These activities can be used in a math center, for early finishers, or for review/extension depending on student readiness levels. Students can work on the activities with a partner or independently.
For Money Grab, you can model strategies with students then the task cards can be used in small groups where students share their different strategies and their solutions during whole group discussion. The level of support needed to complete these activities will depend on student readiness levels. The activities are designed to promote problem solving and strategizing while working with coins and calculating totals.
Money Grab can be used with students who have a good understanding of coin values and demonstrate the ability to count coins. Depending on readiness levels of students, appropriate scaffolding can be provided to help students problem solve and persevere. 8 task cards are included.
Most of the task cards found in Money Grab require problem solving skills using coins that go beyond one step computation. The level of difficulty varies between the task cards. These problems are not all designed to be right there answers. The goal is for students to use multiple strategies and persevere (SMP #1) through the tasks. When students tackle the problems found on these task cards, they will need to apply previous learnings.
Don’t Break the Bank:
Don't Break the Bank can be used with students who have a good understanding of coin values. This activity is a way for students to review counting coins with some strategizing added to the mix. Recording sheets are included.
For this activity, students try to strategize where to best place the value after rolling a number cube on the chart so they do not “break the bank”. Mental math comes into play as students become more fluent with calculating coin values. You can increase the complexity by using two number cubes which increases the overall values students are expected to calculate.
In addition to the materials provided in this download, you also will need:
*100 pennies (real or plastic) for Task Card 1 ~ Money Grab
*Plastic money (optional)
*Small brown paper bags ~ Money Grab
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