I developed these cards as a functional curriculum / money skills teacher resource for middle and high school students in special education who are working on understanding money. The set would work well with younger students as well as part of either the core curriculum or to meet IEP goals.
***These cards are included in 2 larger money-saving bundles***
Money Essentials for Special Education
Structured Work System Secondary Starter Bundle: Life Skills Kit and Tasks
This set includes 36 multiple-choice task cards for identifying amounts of coins up to $1 in combinations from 1-4 coins. They are differentiated by level of difficulty as described below. All the cards have the coins lined up in rows and they are all face-up for beginning learners.
Cards 1-4 --single coins
Cards 5-8 –2 coins of the same type (e.g., 2 quarters)
Cards 9-12 –3 coins of the same type (e.g., 3 pennies)
Cards 13-18—combinations of 2 coins
Cards 19-24—combinations of 3 coins
Cards 24-36—combinations of 4 coins
Cards A-R --- Cards with grocery items and prices for matching to the task cards
Answer Keys and Student Response Sheets
The task cards (1-36) are all multiple-choice with 3 choices so that students can use dry-erase markers to circle the answer and are not required to write the answers. Students who are unable to circle could dab the answers with a marker or use a clothespin or paperclip to mark the answer. I have also included an response sheet (in color and black and white) for students who are able to write their answers on a separate sheet.
I have also included cards of grocery store items with price tags. Students can match the card with the item price to the cards with the coins and fasten them with a clothespin or a paperclip. Or, if they can write on a separate sheet, they can record their matches on the enclosed answer sheet / shopping list.
To make the cards, cut them out and laminate them. I also made them a size that will fit in baseball card holders so that if laminate is short you can use those instead. They can be kept on a ring (if laminated) or in a recipe card box. You can choose the cards appropriate for the student you are working with. The following are some methods for using them in a classroom:
1. As a group you can put them on a document camera and have the students use dry erase board (or laminated sheet of paper) to select their answers and write them down and show them as response cards. The teacher can then check the work of all the students to see who has the right answer and who does not.
2. You can choose the task cards you want the students to complete based on their level of difficulty and give them a set to complete during small group or independent work.
3. You can include them in a student’s structured work system and can mix them up across the sessions so the students are always completing a different set of cards.
For more money resources, click on the links below:
Money Task Cards 2: Groceries
Next Dollar Up Task Cards: Money Skills [Special Education]
How Many Dollars? Task Cards: Money [Next Dollar] Skills [Special Education]
Next Dollar Up Worksheets
For more ideas and uses of the cards, please see my blog at Autism Classroom News. I will be making more of these types of resources for older students. To keep up with new products, follow me at TPT or like my Facebook Page. Also, don’t forget to leave feedback! Thanks for your interest in the product.
Money Task Cards-Groceries (Special Education) by Christine Reeve is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.