Coin combinations to make a dollar
Grab a handful of change. Do you think it is more or less than 50 cents? How do you know? How close are you? Try to find coin combinations that equal higher amounts, like 75 cents or a dollar. Sign up for our e-news and be the first to know about special events, discounts and more! Enjoy 14 galleries of action-packed fun and adventure with your students when you book your Field Experience. I have three coins that total 40 cents — what are they?
I have 5 coins that make a dollar — what could they be? More often than not in actual fact we give more money than is required and receive change. Ask a series of questions about what one coin could be used to buy items of various prices. At Level 1 most students will probably not be able to work out correct change for this type of question but more able students may be extended in this area. What coin could you use to buy a post card that costs 40 cents?
What coin could you use to buy a pencil that costs 70 cents? Below are a few suggestions of money activities students not working with the teacher could do: Cut out paper coins and paste on paper to show their work. Play shops with other students Play detective and use a magnifying glass to examine a collection of real coins stored in a cloth bag or change purse.
Draw or describe what they see. Do rubbings of various coins using coloured chalk or crayons. These can also be enlarged on the photocopier for an interesting display. Reflecting Make a class display by having students cut and paste coins onto a piece of paper and then write a sentence under them.
Wrap-Up and Assessment Hints Point out to students that when they find change, they count on from the cost of the item to the amount paid by using bills and coins of increasing, not decreasing, value. Remind them to start with smaller values, then progress to greater values. When you assess students, have them explain the strategies they used to find change. Comparing Money Amounts Developing the Concept In this lesson, students extend their understanding of money to making change.
Distribute play money to each group. What is the change? What is the value of the bills you used to make the change?