Grade: Elementary
Subject: Mathematics

#3356. How Much is Your Name Worth?

Mathematics, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Feb 1 13:42:46 PST 2005 by Bonnie Brookshire (
McKissick Elementary, Easley, USA
Concepts Taught: Money

The students will recognize and identify value of the coins penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.
The students will use a code to label the letters of their name with coin values.
The students will add coin combinations to determine the value of their name.

South Carolina Standards used:
Measurement: II.C.1.c
Measurement: II.C.2
Measurement: II.C.3
Measurement: II.D.1

Materials: Construction paper (one sheet per child), markers, coin stamps (head side), ink pad, code for letters

Code: A-F: $0.01
G-L: $0.05
M-S: $0.10
T-Z: $0.25

*** It may be helpful to complete this activity with small groups to supervise the stamping.
1.Before the lesson, the teacher will write each student's first name largely on a sheet of construction paper.

2.The student will use the code to decide the value of each letter in his or her name.

3.The student will stamp the correct coin face under each letter of his or her name depending on the value of the letter.

4.After stamping each letter, the student will add to the coin combination to discover how much his or her name is worth.

5.The class can compare names and discuss which student names were worth the most and the least and why.

6.These are great to display!!

Follow-Up Activity:

Have the students arrange themselves from least to greatest or greatest to least according to the value of their names.


Evaluate the student's work to see that they accurately added the letters to obtain the value of his or her name.