Description
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).
Files
General
Counting Coins PPT
Counting_Coins_PPT.ppt This is another adapted Pete's PowerPoint presentation. This one focuses on counting on when counting coins.

Money Math Journal
money This is the actual Money Math Journal.

Links
General
ABCya Learn to Count Money
This game allows you to progress from beginner to expert. You start out by counting coins under $1.00. After you get 10 of those correct, you progress to making amounts less than $10.00. This is a great place to start with counting coins!!!

Ca$h Out
This is a game that checks how quickly you can make change. It allows you to select the difficulty and it gives you 3 minutes to make change for the most customers that you can. Another great game for making change!!!

Counting Money
This game allows you to count change amounts using the Count on strategy that we learned in class.

Making Change
This is a customizable game that allows you to select the difficulty. I would suggest starting with amounts less than $1 to get started, then moving to the amounts less than $5. This is a great game to get practice in making change!

Third Grade Money Skill Builder
This link takes you to a BUNCH of different money games...some great, some good, some not so good. We are going to focus on counting money, making change, rounding money amounts, and comparing money...so look at the description for ones that apply to what we are learning. If you find one that you love...let me know so I can make an individual link for it!

Assignment
Throughout the course of the Money Math Journal, we will have several homework assignments. The list below is what I have planned...it 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