The children were given leveled money cards and asked to explain, using Puppet Pals, how they combined their coins to make their amounts. A few didn't upload or had sound difficulties so come back soon!
Whole group and in math groups we played a spinner game that compares coin combinations. They enjoyed it and this was another fun way to combine coins in differentiated ways and of course draw those alligator teeth. In math groups we also showed two ways to make each coin.
We began 'Showing the Money' with a free app called Coins. This was also the title to a song we listened to where the children had to hold up the appropriate coins along with the song.
For this practice they are shown cards or are told an amount and then asked to show at least 2 ways to make this amount combining different coins. We have been doing this daily during our calendar math period which the children can now do with the app along with me or independently.
This first day they were taught how to take a screen shot so I could show off some of their work!
We have been having fun identifying our coins, their values , counting by 5s using the coin touch points, combining coins to make our calendar number of the day cents style and were ready to combine coins to trade up. We started with trading up to a quarter and many moved onto trading up for a dollar.
We get to practice combining coins, trading up, spending calculating our change etc. weekly with the store as well. See more about the store here.
We started the game whole group racing to beat the teacher then broke into teams to play with partners.
We worked hard 4 days before we opened room 24's store for its' first day. Learning the coin's names, values, touch points and counting ( and sometimes dancing) by 5s helped us for our first shopping day!
The store is basically a set of 4 bins full of items each labelled with increasing prices . The children can buy items donated to our store with monies they earn during the week. (We need more store items!)
The store is part of the positive behavior system and also supports math skills . They must sort coins, find the total amount of money in their wallets, fill out a shopping /spending form that allows them to go to the store.
Day 1 was learning how to sort and calculate their earned totals on the new page. Many children needed to use the coin touch dots at this time. Over time these dots can be faded once the students have more practice combining coins and learn what coins can be traded up for others. ( 4 quarters = a dollar, 2 quarters= 50 cents, 10 dimes = a dollar etc.)
Did they bring their store item home and tell you about how they bought it?
We start each day with calendar math. On Mondays, we use a variety of money tasks that involves the number of the day. This first week as we learned the routines and expectations of the class, we watched Stripes and Bailey explain the coin touch points, learning & practicing those touch points counting by 5s. Counting by 5s is important for money, reading a clock and telling time, addition, multiplication and division!
Smart is a poem by Shel Silverstein where a boy makes trades staring with a dollar and ending up with 5 cents. It is a cute poem that teaches the value of coins.
Once we practice reading, reciting, acting it out & completing a math worksheet we wrote letters to dad explaining and apologizing for trading away his $1.00 bill. They then used an app called Puppet Pals where they made a puppet show & read their edited letter to dad.
It was also a way for me to have the children show their understanding about why dad was red in the face at the end.
The children were given 4 cards with specific amounts of money they had to make using coins. This is an easy lesson to differentiate according to the child's ability to combine coins.
The children than had to take 4 photos and make a popplet demonstrating their understanding and ability to write their totals in the correct form and amount.
This was multi step process incorporating a hands on approach & several apps -camera , cropping and popplet and typing to create their final project. They did an excellent job and were proud of their efforts.
Enjoy their finished projects! More coming soon !
There are several fun apps that help teach coin recognition, value, combinations, spending and making change. The concepts of earning , saving while incorporating basic math skills in a game format is engaging and fun practice to the skills & concepts taught in class.
My favorite 2 are
World of Cents- FREE This game has 3 levels of difficulty. The children get to choose a character and play a 3 in a row matching game. The children can switch between worlds and spend their earned money to build a magical play ground. They can watch their earnings go up and down and make decisions on what to buy. Each playhouse costs money and needs to be maintained Some of their playgrounds were beautiful!
Cash Cow- This is another themed puzzle game that's based around the mathematics of money. The children help Buck save his farm by combining coins, earning power ups and earning special pieces. In order to clear coins from the board, you need to connect smaller denominations and merge them into larger denominations. For example, connecting five nickels makes a quarter -- but so does connecting a dime, two nickels, and five pennies. The strategy is all in the numbers.
The students in room 15 get to go shopping every Monday with their hard earned money from the week. They may buy or save.
The children earn 'loot' in a variety of ways, AR reading, finishing a difficult task, following hard directions, taking tests, singing and participating, ship shape desks, returning folders, power bead rainbows etc. They keep their money in their wallets and are responsible for keeping their wallet in their desks.
On shopping day, the children are to count their loot, record the week's total and then toss! This toss can add more money to their wallet.
Once the children go shopping they must calculate what remains in their wallets. There are many skills we work on during this time!