Grade: Elementary
Subject: Mathematics

#2007. Expressing Money

Mathematics, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Nov 14 06:28:38 PST 2000 by Nikki Friedl (
Indiana University of PA, Indiana, Indiana
Materials Required: paper, pencials, Book: Alexander, Who USed to be rich last sunday
Activity Time: 30 minutes
Concepts Taught: expressing money in different ways

After reviewing the names of coins and bills and how much they are worth, grade 2 students will listen to a book read to them by their teacher and express the amount of money stated with their manipulative of play money and show different ways to express that amount of money.

Opening: The teacher will tell the students that they will be working with money today. She will hold up each of the coins and the students will tell her what the coin is called and how much it is worth, this was taught in a previous lesson. She will then do that for the bills. The teacher will then pass out bags of play money with the same amount of money in each bag. There should be enough money to do the problems assigned.
Body: The teacher will start by showing the children an example of how some money is equal to other money. Ask the students how much a quarter is and then show them that 1 quarter equals 2 dimes and 1 nickel. Show the children that they can get this answer by adding together the 10+10+5 to get 25. Show several examples of this until the children understand the process. The teacher will then proceed to read the book, Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday. During this book the teacher will stop after every page and the students will work through the money problems. This book is all about a boy that spends his money and how much money his brothers have. The first and second pages are about how much money his brothers have. The students in this class should take out the amount of money in the book. One brother has one dollar, 2 quarters, 5 dimes, 5 nickels, and 13 pennies. When the children lay this out they should count it and write down how much money this brother has. The teacher can then ask the amount of money and then ask the students to write down other ways to express this amount of money. Such as 2 dollars, 1 quarter, 1 dime, and 3 pennies. There will be many different ways and as each student tells their way the other students should be expressing it with their play money to check the answer. The teacher should then read the next page and do the same problems with other brother. The book then goes on to tell how the boy of the story gets a dollar and how he spends it. The teacher can read the book and have the students start with a dollar bill and after everything the boy buys take away that much money. The children will have to trade their money in. This will help them to learn what the money equals. The teacher can also ask at certain times for the students to express their amount of money in a different way. The teacher should not do this after every page because it will get boring.
Closing: The teacher will end the book and review the coins one more time. The teacher will then give the students a certain amount of money and have all the children write done the way to say that amount of money and then have them write down 2 other ways to say it. They may use their manipulative.

Materials: Bags of play money that have an equal amount for each student
Paper and pencils for each student
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday: book

Evaluation: The evaluation would be the closing of this lesson. The teacher would collect the paper with the amount of money written on it and different ways to express that amount of money.