Teaching Money- in todays world is so important. Most parents use debit or credit cards regularly and this is causing children to loss important contact with money from early ages. Some schools are even having students pay for the cafeterias food with credit like student ID cards which connect to their parents accounts. This is why students need more opportunities inside and out side of school learning the importance of knowing about all aspects of money in life. Books and websites can give them this opportunity and to prove it I've left a couple great examples below!
A New Coat For Anna. By Harriet Ziefert. 1988. 40pp. Dragonfly Books, (978-0394898612). Gr. 2-4.
This book is amazing because it is all about a moving story of a mother's dedication to acquire a coat for her daughter in post World War II hard times. The historical setting is great but what iseven better is that Anna's mother decides to trade the few valuables she has left for a coat for Anna. This story will really get student thinking about our abundant need for money!
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday. By Judith Viorst. Illus. By Ray Cruz. 1987. 32pp.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, (978-0689711992). Gr. 3-5.
This children's story all starts when Alexander's grandparents gave him a dollar and he was rich! He finds that there are so many things he could do with all of that money, however when he starts shopping and his money starts disappearing Alexander is in for a surprise! This book will let student learn along with Alexander and can be incorporated into a lesson plan very fluidly.
Go Around Dollar. By Barbara Johnston Adams. Illus. By Joyce Audy Zarins. 1992. 32pp. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, (978-0027000313). Gr. 3-4.
This book deals with the idea that every dollar travels from person to person in a different way. During the story Matt finds a dollar on his way home from school and uses it to buy shoelaces from Eric. Eric then goes and spends the dollar on bubble gum at the corner store at which Jennifer happens to be the next customer, and she receives the dollar as part of her change. It is nice to show students when teaching them about money that it is something we all see, use and share, every day of our lives.
Sam and the Lucky Money. By, Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu. Illus By author. 1997. 32pp. Lee and Low Books, (978-1880000533). Gr. 2-5.
This story is about the year that the main character, Sam gets to spend his New Year's gift money any way he chooses! He shops carefully in his favorite Chinatown stores, yet he is disappointed to find that everything he wants is too expensive. So instead of spending his money Sam donates it instead to a barefoot homeless man. I think this book displays good morals as well as simply being a great book for student to start hearing vocabulary about money!
The Big Buck Adventure. By Shelley Gill and Deborah Tobola. Illus. By Grace Lin. 2000. 32pp. Charlesbridge Publishing, (978-0881062946). Gr. 3-5.
This book is about one little girl and one very big dollar who have a great adventure at the store. However, shopping soon turns challenging as she is overwhelmed by her buying options. Basically it is a perfect example of how we use math in our daily lives and is actually quite a funny book.
This is a great game for students to practice skills with money and giving change. During this game you are the cashier at a store and you can chose the level, if you want hints, and if you want then to show you the change amount. It is a timed game as well so the students will be able to play against their individual bests.
This is a game for kids who want to practice making change. They are able to run a lemonade stand on this site and as the change for the lemonade shifts. It has cute sound effects and speaks well to children.
This is a great simple game where you calculate the correct tip to leave the penguin waiter. It has levels and great graphics to keep students interested. I think this game is great and it will really let students practice without them resenting a simple drill and kill lecture.
One this website students can read the client order and change this money using either the smallest or the largest number of coins possible. The students has to complete the problem by dragging coins into the piggy bank one at a time. I enjoyed this game and feel like it would really help students who are having difficulty differentiating between the different coins since they are so clearly shown.
During this website students have the ability to pick the item that you would like to buy between two which are shown. They then are asked to choose between two groups of coins, which are very realistic, and choose the correct amount of coins needed to pay for that item. Its a great website if your looking for a short and simple exercise or math station.
Virginia Standards of Learning
3.8 The student will determine, by counting, the value of a collection of bills and coins whose total value is $5.00 or less, compare the value of the bills and coins, and make change.
Background Information from Curriculum Framework:
- The value of a collection of coins and bills can be determined by counting on, beginning with the highest value, and/or by grouping the coins and bills.
- A variety of skills can be used to determine the change after a purchase, including:
- Counting on
- Using coins and bills
- - Starting with the amount to be paid (purchase price)
- - Counting forward to the next dollar
- - Counting forward by dollar bills to reach the amount from which to make change
- - Mentally calculating the difference