I developed these functional curriculum task cards for middle and high school students with special needs 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 $2 in combinations up to 7 coins. They are differentiated by level of difficulty as described below. All the cards have coins that are not lined up in rows but scattered as change would be and in the later cards coins overlap. The coins include both fronts and backs of coins randomly distributed.
Cards 1-6 ---combination of 4 coins (3 of the same type)
Cards 7-18 –combination of 5 coins (up to $1)
Cards 19-24–combination of 6 coins (up to $1)
Cards 25-30—combinations of 6 coins up to $2
Cards 31-33—combinations of 7 coins up to $2
Cards 34-36—combinations of 8 coins up to $2
Cards A-Z and a-d --- Cards with grocery items and prices for matching to the task cards with all amounts presented in decimals (rather than with cents signs)
Answer Keys and Answer Sheets including a shopping list to match the grocery pictures with prices to the money cards
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:
Money Task Cards 1: 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 2: Groceries (Special Education--coins up to $2) by Christine Reeve is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.