Money Unit: Money Centers, Money Games, Money Activities, Word Problems

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This money unit for grades 2-3 is filled with challenging yet fun centers, games and activities to supplement a study of money for students in grades 2-3. It just got even better because I gave it a facelift with new fonts and clip art and added some new activities, so be sure and re-download if you have already purchased!

There are 15 money games and activities in this jam packed unit. All materials align to the common core standard CC2.MD8: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ signs appropriately. Most of the materials are available in black and white to save you printing costs! All materials you will need are included except the coins.

Essential Questions for this unit are:

How do you find the total value of a group of coins?

How can you use coins to show a money amount in different ways?

How can you show the value of a dollar with coins?

How can you show money amounts greater than a dollar?

How can you solve word problems involving money?

Here’s what you get in this packet:

*Cards with each objective – ready to print out on cardstock and post in the room

*I Can cards for each objective – ready to print out on cardstock and post in the room

*Card with the CC standard ready to print out and post in the room

*Labels to print out for materials stored in zip-lock bags

*Money cards to use if you don’t have play money in your classroom.

I Have Who Has Money game – counting quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. 30 cards in both color and black and white and includes an answer key

Race for the Money game – students practice adding groups of coins up to $1.00 – includes a game board, player pieces, and spinners. This is a great game for your money center.

Give me the Loot game – a fun center game that is played like the card game War with 38 cards with money values less than $1.00 – Sets of cards in both color and black and white.

Hunt for Buried Treasure game – played like Bump, students add two different collections of coins to cover treasure chests on a treasure map.

Trade ‘em Up to Make a Buck game – students trade in coins to make $1.00 – in both color and black and white – includes game board and spinners.

Same Amount, Different Ways – Students are given a card with an amount of money and must use coins to represent that amount in different ways – black and white. Includes cards and 2 graphic organizers. Demonstrates multiple ways to solve a problem. May be differentiated!

Mitzi’s Candy Shop – Students use a menu to solve money problems. Includes menu and 20 question cards. The task cards are in three levels of difficulty so you can differentiate. Includes answer key.

Mimi’s Diner – This is for your advanced students. Students use a menu to solve money problems greater than $1.00. Includes menu, order cards, and food cards. Allows for real world application of skills and is a perfect money center for your early finishers!

Mystery Money – In these money task cards, students are given clues and must use the clues to determine the mystery coins – black and white and includes an answer key. These task cards are challenging. Use them in a center or as a morning warm-up activity.

Three in a Row game – Challenging! A game in which students determine how much more money is needed from a given amount to make one dollar. Includes game board in black and white to be printed out on colored card stock and spinners.

Spin a Problem – students spin two spinners. They must then use the amounts on each spinner and the sum of the two amounts to create a word problem which can include either addition or subtraction.

Money Math Journal Prompts – 14 different money word problem prompts - students are given word problems involving money and must use a math journal page to draw a picture and then write how they solved the problem. Some prompts involve money amounts greater than $1.00 and two step problems – includes an answer key. Prompts are available as 7 different prompts per page or 7 of the same prompt per page. Also includes a math journal graphic organizer.

Money Fairy Tales – students are given money amounts and must create a fairy tale using those amounts. Great for incorporating money and writing! – Includes booklet cover and money cards.

Money Logic Puzzles - these matrix logic puzzles are sure to offer a challenge!

What is the Question? Money Task Cards - students are given a word problem and the answer and must decide what the question would be to satisfy the answer. These are a great challenge and would make super morning warm ups!

With the new common core standards, there is much more rigor in the curriculum; therefore, I have many activities which require more than simply counting coins. Students must use mathematical reasoning and show multiple ways to solve problems in most of the activities. I have also included multi step problems. There are several opportunities for students to incorporate writing into the math curriculum with the Spin a Problem activity, Math Journal Prompts, and Money Fairy Tales.


Below are links to my other products you might be interested in :

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Watch Me Tell Time to the Nearest Minute – 3rd Grade CC Aligned.


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