Counting Money – Jamboard

If you have a student who is learning to count money, here is a virtual set up to do so. I suggest having the student do a test run by moving coins into a box and bills into a box. It is easy to duplicate each item by clicking on the item to duplicate it.… Continue reading Counting Money – Jamboard

Counting Money at the Store

The way a student counts money in school on a school desk or table (top photo) is the way he or she will attempt count at the register as seen in the 2nd photo in which the student pulled all bills from his wallet then counted, with some bills folded. (Bonus if you can identify… Continue reading Counting Money at the Store

Counting Money as a Game

The Allowance Game is retail game tailored to students who are learning to count money.   I revised it to make it more authentic and more functional. I changed some money amounts to necessitate the use of pennies (see below) I use real dollars and cents to provide more opportunities to handle real money I… Continue reading Counting Money as a Game

Online Personalized Consumer Math Board Game

The game is played on a Jamboard. There are moveable game pieces on the left (Lego figures chosen to mirror the players – no hair is me), along with movable bills. There is a white rectangle partially covering the cashier’s money. It is a moveable rectangle I use to reveal the money when the cashier… Continue reading Online Personalized Consumer Math Board Game

Realistic Monthly Budget Activities

I have found that most students have little understanding of the living expenses and take home pay. This post provides details of a monthly budget plan that is useful for all levels of students and can be customized accordingly. Here is a link to a Google Document with all components: job, take home pay, list… Continue reading Realistic Monthly Budget Activities

Money in Authentic Settings

Working independently and effectively with money is a crucial component to independent living. When I started working on math for students receiving special education I was taken aback by the number of high school students who could not work with money effectively, including counting out the total value for a given set of coins. One… Continue reading Money in Authentic Settings

Multiplication with Integers: a Meaning Making Approach

I previously tackled the difference between the ” – ” symbol used to represent a negative and a subtraction problem. This post gets into multliplication through the context of buying a Wendy’s frosty. One comment to preface what is presented here. Negative numbers are abstract and challenging for many students. Multiplying by negatives is even… Continue reading Multiplication with Integers: a Meaning Making Approach

Gift Card Balance Activity

Shopping is surprisingly more complex that we realize for many students who are working on life skills math. Staying within a spending limit is one issue. The concept of a running balance is another. In this post, I detail an activity in which a gift card in real life and ones in simulations are used… Continue reading Gift Card Balance Activity

Authentic Activities – Money and Prices

Below is a photo of a typical worksheet for money. I worked with a parent of a high school student severely impacted by autism and she explained that her son worked on nothing but worksheets when he worked on math. For students with more severe disabilities the worksheet may not be real or meaningful as… Continue reading Authentic Activities – Money and Prices

Customized Number Lines for Handouts

Per request, I created a short video showing how I create customized number lines on WORD. This post also includes a link to a WORD document with 3 customized number lines: time, money with negatives, and miles. Elapsed time The image below is from a post on elapsed time. I wanted to create different time… Continue reading Customized Number Lines for Handouts