Math Background

Money: Tips and Tricks

  • Use your school or public library to find books that incorporate money and use the books to create activities using money. Suggestions include On Market Street by Arnold and Anita Lobel, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, and 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban.
  • Ask parents and colleagues to help you collect coins from different countries. Talk about how they are like and different from U.S. coins. If possible, have children conduct research to find values of coins that you collect.
  • Use the calendar to incorporate money activities. Point to today's date and have children say the number. Then ask a volunteer to take that number of pennies from a jar. Have children trade pennies for dimes, nickels, or quarters.
  • Invite children to collect pennies for a worthy cause. Designate a week for the collection, and collect pennies in a jar decorated by volunteers. At the end of the week, you may wish to have children use penny rolls from the bank to roll and count the pennies.
  • Have children use coins to make patterns. Demonstrate by showing the following pattern.
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