Who doesn't love money? :o) These third graders certainly do! Last week we reviewed counting money. The following is a list of things I encourage them to practice and remember:
*The name and value of each coin
*When counting coins they should generally begin with the largest value. Then look to get to a "10" (the numbers you say when you count by tens).
For example, if I have 2 quarters, 2 dimes, a nickel and 3 pennies, I will start with the quarters - $.50. Then I will continue counting with the dimes - $.60, $.70. (Counting tens is easiest.) Next I will count the nickel - $.75 and finally the pennies - $.71, $.72, $.73.
However, if I have 1 quarter, 2 dimes a nickel and 3 pennies, I will start with the quarter - $.25, but then jump to the nickel - $.30 because I want to get to tens as quick as I can. Then I would continue on with my dimes and my pennies.
*The value of groups of quarters - 2 quarters = $.50, 3 quarters = $.75, 4 quarters = $1.00.
The great thing about counting money is you can do it all the time! Let your children count the change when you leave the store. :o)
We learned a new "Trading Game!" Hopefully you've had a chance to play it with your third grader.