Beat the Bank
Main Subject Area: Mathematics
Duration of Lesson: 30 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will recognize and express the value using cent notation of penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.
Students will add coin amounts together.
1 small tackle (or similar) box with labels in each section reading 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents
Separate containers of coins for the “Bank”
A handful of play coins of each denomination: cents (pennies), nickels, dimes and quarters placed in a container called the “Bank”
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): K-2
2. Explain the following rules to the students: A player puts a counter in the tackle box, shakes the tackle box so that the counter lands in one of the coin slots. The player should open the tackle box and read the coin amount aloud. The student should then take a coin or coins equal to that amount from the bank. Each player keeps the coins and play continues for four turns. Then the players count the total amount of coins. The player who has the greatest amount of money wins.
3. Divide students into teams of two to three players and distribute materials to each team.
4. Students can play the game several times. At the end of each game, the students record their total amount for the game in their math journals.
Assessment / Evaluation:
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