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Posted by lisar | Posted in Games, Money | Posted on September 30, 2014

**What coins do I have in my pocket?**

Select some coins prior to the game and place them in your pocket or a container where students cannot see them. Tell students the total amount you have. On paper, students record possible coins and notes that make the amount you have. After a given time, students share their ideas. After sharing, reveal the coins you have in your pocket.

**How much do I have in my pocket?**

In this variation, students are told how many coins but not the total amount. Students brainstorm possible combinations of coins and amounts.

**The change is ….. how much did I spend?**

In this more challenging variation, students are told an amount you received as change. Students then brainstorm possibilities for how much you may have spent and what note or coin you used to pay for it.

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Posted by lisar | Posted in Money | Posted on September 30, 2014

Students can create simple financial plans and budgets to plan a day out. This could be to the Royal Melbourne Show, Movies, Zoo etc.

Students plan all the necessary costs for the day such as transport, food, entertainment and create a budget estimating their costs.

Students could then research the costs to work out the total of their day out.

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Posted by lisar | Posted in Money | Posted on September 30, 2014

Set up a shop with items to purchase with price tags showing their amount. Using play money, students select items to purchase, take it to the register and work out the coins needed to pa for the item. The student at the register can check the price tag and the amount given.

This activity can be extended to include giving change as well as the need to round money amounts to the nearest 5 cents.

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Posted by lisar | Posted in Money | Posted on September 30, 2014

Local Restaurant menus are another great way to link Maths to the real world. Students can select items from the menu to order for themselves or their family, work out the amount and calculate change.

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Posted by lisar | Posted in Money | Posted on September 30, 2014

Ask students to select items to purchase from catalogues. Students draw out a discount card with a percentage on it and calculate the cost of that item with the discount.

Students could be required to select any items they like or may be given a purpose such as selecting items to create a new outfit that they then calculate discounts on each item they select. They could also calculate the total amount saved.

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Posted by lisar | Posted in Money | Posted on September 30, 2014

Using catalogues are a great way to link money to real life and can be used to cater to a wide range of abilities.

Activity Ideas:

1. Many supermarket catalogues have sale items that are to a whole dollar amount and are ideal for your lower level students. They can cut out items and show ways to make the amount required to purchase an item or items.

2. Students could plan a party or event and use catalogues to find the costs and totals.

3. Students could be given a budget and a purpose for spending eg. furnish your bedroom, by Christmas presents for your family, purchase a new outfit etc. and use catalogues to find the items and their cost.

4. Pose the question ‘How would you spend One Million Dollars?’ Students use catalogues to ‘purchase’ items.

5. Students select items and calculate change from a given amount.

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Posted by lisar | Posted in Money | Posted on September 30, 2014

Students use a canteen list to choose items to purchase. Activities depending on the learning needs of the students could include:

1. Select an item and use play money to make that amount. Students could also be encouraged to show different ways to make the amount or instead of play money, could use stamps, rubbings or cut out pictures of notes and coins.

2. Select an item and calculate change from a given amount.

3. Select more than one item, add the total.

4. Select more than one item, add the total and calculate change from a given amount.

Link to canteen list can be found in Link under Real Life Maths.

A project requiring students to design a slice for the carnival. Concepts covered: length, area, perimeter, volume, mass, capacity, addition, multiplication, money.

The School Carnival – measurement

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Posted by lisar | Posted in Addition, Decimals, Money, Projects | Posted on August 15, 2014

A project requiring students to spend One Million dollars.

Spend A Million!

A project where students plan a road trip for the holiday. Concepts covered: creating a budget, money, mapping, measurement.

Road Trip maths task