Making Sense of Dollars and Sense: A Unit on Money for 2nd Graders

I have been working with some 2nd grade teachers to give them  ideas and resources to challenge their high achievers.  Since money is always such a fun unit to study in math, I decided to create some materials for a study of money.  Of course, I made sure it was aligned to the new Common Core Standards for Math we adopted this year.  This was such a fun unit to create!  I think I got carried away because it ended up being 147 pages long!  Every time I thought I was finished I would have a new idea.  I really tried to create activities that could be differentiated to  meet the needs of all the students, yet challenge the high achievers.    Here are some of the things I included in the unit:

•I Have Who Has game – counting quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.  Cards in both color and black and white and includes an answer key
•Race for the Money game – students practice adding groups of coins up to $1.00 – includes a game board, player pieces, and spinners
•Give me the Loot game – played like the card game War with 38 cards with values less than $1.00 – Sets of cards in both color and black and white.
•Hunt for Buried Treasure game – played like Bump, students add two different collections of coins to cover treasure chests on a treasure map.
•Trade ‘em Up to Make a Buck game – students trade in coins to make $1.00 – in both color and black and white – includes game board and spinners.
•Same Amount, Different Ways – Students are given a card with an amount of money and must use coins to represent that amount in different ways – black and white.  Includes cards and 2 graphic organizers.  Demonstrates multiple ways to solve a problem.  May be differentiated!
•Mitzi’s Candy Shop – Students use a menu to solve money problems.  Includes menu and  20 question cards.  The cards are in three levels of difficulty so you can differentiate. Includes answer key.
•Mimi’s Diner – This is for your advanced students. Students use a menu to solve money problems greater than $1.00. Includes menu, order cards, and food cards.  Allows for real world application of skills.
•Mystery Money – students are given clues and must use the clues to determine the mystery coins – black and white and includes an answer key.
•Three in a Row game – Challenging!  A game in which students determine how much more money is needed from a given amount to make one dollar.  Includes game board in black and white to be printed out on colored card stock and spinners.
•Spin a Problem – students spin two spinners.  They must then use the amounts on each spinner and the sum of the two amounts to create a word problem which can include either addition or subtraction.
•Math Journal Prompts – 14 different prompts – students are given word problems involving money and must use a math journal page to draw a picture and then write how they solved the problem.  Some prompts involve money amounts greater than $1.00  and two step problems – includes an answer key. Prompts are available as 7 different prompts per page or 7 of the same prompt per page.  Also includes a  math journal graphic organizer.
•Money Fairy Tales – students are given money amounts and must create a fairy tale using those amounts.  Great for incorporating money and writing! – Includes booklet cover and money cards.
I’m really excited about how the unit turned out.  The teachers in the system who are using it say they love it and that the kids are asking for more!  And now they’re asking for me to create more things for them!  I think I am going to be really busy!  Here’s a sneak peak to let you see some of the material in the  unit.
Click on the image and you can download a preview at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
That’s all for today!  Remember to always Keep ’em Thinking!
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