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Brief DescriptionAdapt the spelling bee format and hold a money bee for a "change!"
ObjectivesStudents will practice solving problems that call on them to make change in a variety of cash transactions.
Keywordschange, coin, money, decimal
This activity works best in a classroom equipped with a projector hooked up to a classroom computer. See suggested adaptations in the Lesson Plan if you teach in a projector-less classroom.
This lesson takes the spelling bee format and adapts it to provide practice in making change (money skills).
The lesson can be adapted in many ways. The ideal approach involves having a projector connected to your computer. Project the Web site Change Maker on a screen for all students to see.
If you do not have a computer projector, see Adaptations for the Projector-less Classroom below.A sample "Easy problem from the U.S. version of Change Maker: Amount of Sale: $1.22; Amount Paid: $2.00
After reading the problem, a student selects the combination of coins that make the correct change. (For the above example, the answer is three quarters and three pennies, for example.). The student then clicks the Go button to see if his or her answer is correct.
Adapting Change Maker for a Money Bee
After each student identifies the combination of coins (or, at more difficult levels, the combination of bills and coins) that correctly solves the money problem, click Go to see if the student is correct. If the student is correct, he or she stays in the game. If the student is incorrect, he or she takes a seat.
You might prepare a "making change work sheet for students who are eliminated in the opening rounds so they can get some extra practice making change while they sit.
When all students have been called once, move up to the next level of difficulty and continue the money bee. Eventually, you will crown a money bee champion!
Adaptations for the Projector-less Classroom
Students will think Change Maker is so much fun, theyll want to use it during recess. Why not let them? Be sure to add the site to your list of favorites for students to use during free-time activity periods.
Students who were eliminated in the first two rounds must complete a making-change work sheet with 80 percent accuracy.
Lesson Plan Source
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
NM-NUM.PK-2.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
NM-NUM.3-5.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
NM-NUM.6-8.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.6-8.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
NM-NUM.9-12.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.9-12.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
NM-REP.PK-12.1 Create and Use Representations to Organize, Record, and Communicate Mathematical Ideas
NM-REP.PK-12.3 Use Representations to Model and Interpret Physical, Social, and Mathematical Phenomena
NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.6 Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making tools
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