Shake To Make 10! A FUN Money math learning activity…
We are days away from celebrating Presidents Day, Feb. 20. I thought I’d share a very cool way to tackle math facts for those kids that are also going to be learning about money this upcoming week!
This fun activity was another extension of my sons homework. One afternoon he was sent home with a math worksheet – you know, one of those worksheets that have a child practice a variety of skills on a single page like mad minutes?
Inside a box on the worksheet he was to add coins and make their sum equal ten cents.
PJ has struggled with addition math facts this year. He also can not identify or add sums of money WELL. We have worked on Math Make Ten math facts and other fun money activities but we haven’t put the two together until this activity.
This is totally FUN!!
What you will need..
- unruled paper
- 10 pennies
- a marker, a pencil , and crayon for rubbing
You will need to make a DIY worksheet. I simply drew a “T” in the middle of blank paper forming 2 columns in which to write math facts. I used marker because this was not a plan ahead printable.
Feel free to copy this template:). I will add a printable in later.
We collected 10 pennies and labeled the pennies verbally. “A Penny equals one cent.” He already knew heads from tails so, “Abraham Lincoln is on the front of a penny.”
Then, he gathered ten pennies and shook them to let them fall! How fun!!
For the math of this, he sorted the pennies by heads and tails.
Sorting ten pennies gave him a math fact whose sum equaled ten cent! (7+3=10)
I added extra coin identification practice (he remembers better with hands on visuals) by asking him to create a crayon rubbing of the head and tail math facts. He used the rubbings as guides to help him know where to write each number since I hadnt made a printable. This could be a whole other activity to do with all types of coins later!
PJ counted all the heads and wrote the total for that category. He did the same for tail pennies then added the numbers to reach a sum of ten.
He kept going until he had all the different math facts that equaled ten cent. After so many times of writing the same math facts he blew on the pennies for good luck at his missing math facts:). I love this picture of him blowing for good luck!
Are your children learning about money this Presidents Day? Please let us know if you give this activity a try!:)
UPDATE: Get you free printable by clicking on the link below
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