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 differentiate by creating different task demands. For example
- I was using the modified version with 2 clients
- One was learning to count out dimes and pennies only, but could manage ONES simultaneously
- This student would also be provided a coin chart I use to teach students how to count with coins
- The other was practicing with ONES, and all coins up to a quarter
- I collected data on a data sheet – 1 per student
The students loved playing the game, it was engaging so they practiced the counting out money, I was able to collect data, and I was able to differentiate. When I co-taught a Consumer Math course, I would assign a para (instructional assistant) to facilitate the game with a couple students and to collect data.