**Estimating and Counting Money**

Omega L. Minor-Clark R. Nathaniel Dett Elementary School

2306 W. Maypole

Chicago IL 60612

(312)534-7160

**Objectives**:

The purpose of this lesson is to review estimating and rounding to the

nearest dollar as well as gain skills and practice in counting money. The

students will define the meaning of estimate and rounding. The students will

gain experience in estimating sums and products.

**Materials Needed**:

Toy cash register, game sheets, identification cards, play money, and

Jewel Food Store adds.

**Strategy**:

The students will play "Estimate the Cost" - a game similar to tic-tac-toe.

At the top of this game sheet are pictures of six different items with the

price tags attached. There are two game boards on the page (Game 1 & 2). Each

board contains nine boxes with various dollar amounts in each. The students

will select two items. Next they will round the prices to estimate the cost.

The cost will be located on the game board and marked with an X or an O. Three

marks in a line wins. Next the students will play "Estimate It". This game

follows the same rules, however, there will be four items in each line as

opposed to three items in each line in the first game played. The final game

will be "Estimate a Meal". In this game, the students will be divided into

groups of four. One student will be given a "breakfast" card to wear, another

student will be given a "lunch" card to wear, and the third student will be

given a "dinner" card to wear. Another student will wear a "cashier" card. The

students with the "meal" cards will use Jewel Food Store adds to select four to

six items for their particular meal. Next, the students will estimate the cost

of their meal (individually), go to the "Cash Machine" and make a withdrawal

using play money. Following this, the students will then go to the Jewel Food

Store and make their purchases. They will be given a total by the "cashier".

At this time the students will pay the cashier using the play money. The

cashier will then give the students their change by counting aloud. The

students will then count the change they received.

The counting of the change is the concluding activity.

**Performance Assessment**:

The teacher will evaluate the students as they estimate, count money and

make correct change using play money.

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