This activity requires very little and can produce quite a lot of excitement and learning. All you need are coins in the denominations of pennies, nickels, and dimes, and the cent and dollar signs (dollar sign to force them to pick the cent sign correctly).
In my math bin there were coins but no cent or dollar signs, so I found clip art (see above) and printed them off. You may show the cent and dollar symbols on the visualizer and have students point them out, or print them off yourself. If you do print them I suggest getting them laminated to avoid wear and tear.
Activity 2 and 3 are also good for helping students practice identifying key words, or directions in a text (using the least amount of coins, BUT you can’t use any quarters) and (Organize the coins in a row from the least valuable to the most valuable).
The standard used is this activity is MACC.2.MD.3.8 – Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and cent symbols. It matches perfectly with the Go Math! lesson 7.1 “Dimes, Nickels, and Pennies”. It also serves as a reliable assessment of student ability in this area and can be used for grades K-1 as enrichment or 3-4 for re-teaching.
The only thing else you need is imagination, which children have plenty of!*
*My class made a large ship out of cardboard using two U tables. How to do that will be a future post here on Teachers pay Teachers.
Thank you and Enjoy!
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