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Money Match

for beginning mathematicians

  • The object of the game is to be the first player to earn a set amount (for example, 20 or 50 cents).

    • Each player rolls the dice and gets the number of pennies of the number shown on the dice.

    • As each player gets 5 pennies, the pennies are replaced by a nickel, and 10 pennies are replaced by a dime.

  • The first player to reach the set amount wins.

List It

for more advanced mathematicians

  • Give your child the grocery section of the newspaper.

  • Have your child make up a grocery list that will feed the family for a day and cost a specific amount of budgeted money.

  • Have your child add up the prices of all the items.

  • If the total for the groceries is too great, talk about what items could be taken away.

  • Talk about the nutritional balance of the items selected. What is the ratio of sweets to vegetables?

Take 15 for the Family…Building a Lifetime of Learning is a new statewide initiative launched by the Maryland State Department of Education. It encourages Maryland families to dedicate 15 minutes each day to doing everyday activities, like eating dinner together, and turning those moments into learning opportunities. The goals of the program are to build awareness among parents that involvement in their children’s education is critical and to provide resources to make this involvement easy and fun.

For more information, dial 1-888-246-0016 or log on to marylandpublicschools.org.

Content for this activity sheet was excerpted from the U.S. Department of Education’s “Learning Partners, A Guide to Educational Activities for Families.”

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