Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pocket Change: Money Math Lessons

We're continuing to explore money in math this week. We read several children's books and discussed coin amounts, changing coins, adding/subtracting money, etc. Then I thought we'd have a little fun with "Pocket Change."

I cut a pocket from a pair of jeans in the ragbag. We used the pocket for money lessons at a variety of levels...

Five Cents:

I showed my 4yo five coins. I told him that I would hide some of the coins in the pocket while he shut his eyes. When he opened them I asked, "How many pennies are in my pocket?" While I was thrilled that he got the first one right, I quickly realized that it may have been a fluke. He needed more support to understand how many coins were hiding.

I made a little 5-frame. We put all five pennies in the frame and counted them. After I hid some, he used the 5-frame to help him figure out how many coins were missing.

One Dollar:

I told my 7yo that his coins totaled $1. I put some of the money outside and some of the money inside the pocket. He counted the coins he could see and then told me how much money he thought he'd find inside the pocket. He then emptied the pocket and counted the change. I'll upgrade to dollar bills as he needs a bit more of a challenge.


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