Money Math Journal


This Math Journal deals with all things money. Throughout this Math Journal, we will focus on counting bills and coins, making change, comparing money amounts, and rounding money amounts to the nearest (1) and (10) dollar.

Grade Level(s):   Grade 3    

Subject Area(s):   Mathematics    

Duration: 11/15 - 11/30 (hopefully)

Curriculum Standards

By the completion of this Math Journal, you should be able to say...

1.  I can count money using bills and coins.

2.  I can make change using bills and coins.

3.  I can round money amounts to the nearest one and ten dollar amount.

4.  I can compare money amounts using <, >, and = symbols.

Detailed Plan

Count Coins and Bills - To begin this section, we will focus on the Count on strategy.  This is where you first arrange the coins from greatest value to least value and then add them together as you count them (25, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43 for a quarter, dime, nickel, and 3 pennies).  The ABCya game is a GREAT helper to become better at this!

Making Change - For this lesson, we will deal with purchases and figuring out how much change needs to be given based upon what the cashier was given.  Students will be shown how to subtract the decimal numbers (or the change amounts when no dollars are involved).  They will then show the coins that are given back to equal the change amount.  Students will be encouraged to use the fewest coins to make the change amounts, as this is a life skill if they should ever become a cashier or work with money.  The Mr. Nussbaum game, Ca$h Out is a good one to use to practice these skills.

Compare Money Amounts - For this lesson, students will be asked to use <, >, and = symbols to compare money amounts.  We will focus on comparing the greatest values first (if one has dollars and the other doesn't, then the one with dollars is > than the one without).  We will also focus on lining up decimal points to make comparing easier.

Round Money - For this lesson, students will be asked to round money amounts to the nearest dollar or ten dollar amount.  We will review the rules for rounding (4 or less = stays the same, 5 or more = add one more). 






Throughout the course of the Money Math Journal, we will have several homework assignments.  The list below is what I have may change based upon how well we do or if we struggle on a particular topic.

Count Coins and Bills - Reteach/Homework 3.2
Count Coins and Bills - Practice/Problem Solving/Enrichment 3.2
Problem Solving Application - Make Change - 3.3 packet
Compare Money Amounts - Reteach/Practice/Homework/Problem Solving 3.4 packet
Round Money - Reteach/Homework 3.5
Round Money - Practice/Problem Solving 3.5
Money Review Sheet