Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Skip Counting by Like Coins - Sale

Last year was my first year teaching 2nd grade Common Core math.  I learned a lot and eventually started making products for my team to use.  We were getting ready to teach skip counting by like coins around Halloween.  I came up with this product:

Since 2nd grade is the first and only time the students learn about coins, we start this standard by introducing the coins - names and spelling, value, etc.

After introducing the coins, we move in to skip counting by like coins.  Later on in the year, we count coins using combinations of the coins, but in quarter 1, we just use like coins.  This should be a review of the skip counting standard we covered earlier in the quarter.

I wanted something fun to do on Halloween.  Our school system is limiting what we can do on Halloween - but that's a post for another time, maybe.  So I decided to create a fun activity for math that still connected to the standard.

It was so fun, the students didn't even realize they were learning!

The first activity was Pumpkin Sale.  You can see ideas on how to use the activity with students below.

There were 12 different cards, so depending on the number of students in your class, students could work with a partner or you could copy make 2 copies of the cards.

There are 2 different versions of the recording sheet.  Version 1 uses a chart to keep track of the answers and version 2 asks questions in word form.  You can pick and choose what works best for your students.

After the students finish the pumpkin sale activity, there are 2 follow up worksheets that ask students to figure out what coins could be used to purchase items and the total cost using different amounts of coins.

If you teach 2nd grade and are looking for something fun to do with your students this week, you can purchase the product for 50% through Friday.  That means all these activities for only $1.50!  Such a treat for you this week!

Go purchase it today!

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