February 12, 2013

Math Update

We've started talking about money as part of our Measurement unit. We begin each lesson by counting a small handful of change. The boys and girls have learned (way back in September) that you want to start with the largest coin denomination.  

Today we talked about all the different ways to make a dollar and two dollars.  We learned about how there are 20 nickels in a dollar, 10 dimes, etc.  

We also talked about fair trades.  This is something parents can help their child practice at home as it will promote higher-level thinking skills.  Here is a sample problem:  Shannon has one ten dollar bill, a toonie and a loonie. Martin has three five dollar bills.  Would this be a fair trade if they were to exchange their money with each other?  Explain.  

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