Super Teacher Ideas Math Lessons : Money Farmer's Market Activity, "Pay Me" Game, & Oversized Money

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Submitted by Roneka from Louisiana

4th Grade Teacher

I teach Math for our after-school LEAP tutoring program. I taught a lesson on money to the students.

First, I reviewed the types of money we have, then the values, and finally the reason why we use money. Then, I told the students that they were going to shop at Lil' Bill's Farmer's Market. I have different pictures of items written on an index card with a price tag.

I gave each student a chance to come to the board and write the money combination that would purchase the item. The students had to use exact change, also. They really enjoyed it.

Submitted by Lorena from Arizona

First Grade Teacher

When I teach money I play a game called "Pay me" with my students. I grab things around the classroom and give them prices. I ask the students to take out their whiteboards and markers. I tell them we are going to play store. I will show them an item and state the price. They are to "pay me" by drawing the coins and the amount of each coin on the whiteboard.

For example: .37¢ the students will draw a circle and .25¢ inside of it, a circle and a .10¢ inside of it and finally two circles and .01¢ in each. The first student to show me the correct amount is the winner of the item. (sometimes I will show pencils and erasers and let them keep it). Only rule is the amount has to be exact I will not give change.

Submitted by Nancy from Michigan

First Grade Teacher

This game involves different ways to make a nickel, dime and quarter. Each child gets an oversized penny, nickel and dime. I write either nickel, dime or quarter on the board. Now the children must find others to create the amount written on the board. If anyone is left over without any partners, we just add their coin values together. Once this practice is mastered, then I would write any amount under $1 on the board and find matches just as before. Older grades could play this game adding dollars.