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Title: Show Me the Money
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In this lesson, students identify coins, describe their attributes, learn their value, and count like coins. Students view an interactive web lesson that provides practice. Concepts are taught using songs, poems and games.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics (K  2)
Title: Show Me the Money
Description: In this lesson, students identify coins, describe their attributes, learn their value, and count like coins. Students view an interactive web lesson that provides practice. Concepts are taught using songs, poems and games.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Let's Go Shopping!
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This lesson will give students practice with adding and subtracting money using a calculator. It will provide them an opportunity to determine savings using a store coupon, and determine the change they should recieve when making purchases using $1.00 and $5.00 bills.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Let's Go Shopping!
Description: This lesson will give students practice with adding and subtracting money using a calculator. It will provide them an opportunity to determine savings using a store coupon, and determine the change they should recieve when making purchases using $1.00 and $5.00 bills.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: What’s That Coin?
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This Five E’s AMSTI lesson prompts students to pay close attention to the details on each of the four U.S. coins as they learn the coin names. Students watch a video clip about the differences in the coins, sort real coins by attributes, and describe details observed on each coin during this activity. Student knowledge of coin names is cemented during a large group electronic coin sorting and naming activity. Finally, small groups graph collections of coins.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics (K  2)
Title: What’s That Coin?
Description: This Five E’s AMSTI lesson prompts students to pay close attention to the details on each of the four U.S. coins as they learn the coin names. Students watch a video clip about the differences in the coins, sort real coins by attributes, and describe details observed on each coin during this activity. Student knowledge of coin names is cemented during a large group electronic coin sorting and naming activity. Finally, small groups graph collections of coins.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Recognizing The Penny
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As an introduction to a unit on money, students will work with teacher to recognize the penny and its value. Then students will go shopping at the classroom store to practice counting pennies.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics (2)
Title: Recognizing The Penny
Description: As an introduction to a unit on money, students will work with teacher to recognize the penny and its value. Then students will go shopping at the classroom store to practice counting pennies.
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Title: Luscious Lashes
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This is a fun way to teach young students the concept of counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. It is important to be able to count coins and bills and be able to make change. This lesson will sharpen money counting skills and introduce them to some new coins. Students also learn to trade coins for another coin of equal value until they reach a quarter.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Luscious Lashes
Description: This is a fun way to teach young students the concept of counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. It is important to be able to count coins and bills and be able to make change. This lesson will sharpen money counting skills and introduce them to some new coins. Students also learn to trade coins for another coin of equal value until they reach a quarter.
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Title: What To Buy?
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During this lesson students get to experience shopping through a slide show. They have to choose an item and then place the correct amount of money beside the item they wish to purchase. Students also practice counting money via the Internet.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: What To Buy?
Description: During this lesson students get to experience shopping through a slide show. They have to choose an item and then place the correct amount of money beside the item they wish to purchase. Students also practice counting money via the Internet.
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Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
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This is an outline for a weeklong lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literaturebased study of the Presidents represented on the coins.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 2: Identify national historical figures and celebrations that exemplify fundamental democratic values, including equality, justice, and responsibility for the common good.
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a weeklong lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literaturebased study of the Presidents represented on the coins.
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Title: We All Scream For Ice Cream!
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Students will learn the value of coins and a one dollar bill and to count coin combinations. This activity will provide them with a real world experience in which to practice these skills.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: We All Scream For Ice Cream!
Description: Students will learn the value of coins and a one dollar bill and to count coin combinations. This activity will provide them with a real world experience in which to practice these skills.
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Title: Money Management
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This monthlong experience educates students in differentiating between needs and wants, how to budget resources, and to gain an understanding of the workings of a capitalist society.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 36: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.2.2]
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2  4)
Title: Money Management
Description: This monthlong experience educates students in differentiating between needs and wants, how to budget resources, and to gain an understanding of the workings of a capitalist society.
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Title: Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies
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Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 38: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.1.2]
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies
Description: Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.
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Title: Making Change
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students model prices mentioned in a children s book. Then they make change from a given amount by counting on from the price. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Making Change
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students model prices mentioned in a children s book. Then they make change from a given amount by counting on from the price. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Number Cents
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In this sixlesson unit, from Illuminations, students explore the relationship between pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. They count sets of mixed coins, write story problems that involve money, and use coins to make patterns. Crosscurricular connections to art, science, and social studies are included in this set of lessons.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Number Cents
Description: In this sixlesson unit, from Illuminations, students explore the relationship between pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. They count sets of mixed coins, write story problems that involve money, and use coins to make patterns. Crosscurricular connections to art, science, and social studies are included in this set of lessons. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: How Many More Fish? Looking Back and Moving Forward
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use the mathematical knowledge and skills developed in the previous lessons as they play games involving comparative subtraction.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics Title: How Many More Fish? Looking Back and Moving Forward
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use the mathematical knowledge and skills developed in the previous lessons as they play games involving comparative subtraction. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Exploring Pennies and Dimes
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine pennies and dimes and model subtraction as they listen to a children s book. They model amounts to 60 cents with coins. They rub coins and make a chart comparing the two coins. At the conclusion of the lesson, they begin a word wall and make an entry in their portfolios. A science extension is suggested. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Exploring Pennies and Dimes
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine pennies and dimes and model subtraction as they listen to a children s book. They model amounts to 60 cents with coins. They rub coins and make a chart comparing the two coins. At the conclusion of the lesson, they begin a word wall and make an entry in their portfolios. A science extension is suggested. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Number Cents: Modeling Prizes
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This lesson is one of a 6part unit from Illuminations titled '' Number Cents.'' In this lesson students use pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to model amounts to 70 cents and pay for stamps. Next, they answer money puzzles and estimate the number of pennies in a jar. They also add to the word wall they began in Lesson 1. A Social Studies connection is suggested as an extension.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Number Cents: Modeling Prizes
Description: This lesson is one of a 6part unit from Illuminations titled '' Number Cents.'' In this lesson students use pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to model amounts to 70 cents and pay for stamps. Next, they answer money puzzles and estimate the number of pennies in a jar. They also add to the word wall they began in Lesson 1. A Social Studies connection is suggested as an extension. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Authentic Writing Experiences and Math ProblemSolving Using Shopping Lists
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Students use their emerging writing skills to write shopping lists. They work within a budget, use problemsolving skills to create lists, and buy their favorite treats at the class store.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 28: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.2.8]
Subject: Language Arts Title: Authentic Writing Experiences and Math ProblemSolving Using Shopping Lists
Description: Students use their emerging writing skills to write shopping lists. They work within a budget, use problemsolving skills to create lists, and buy their favorite treats at the class store. Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink Grade Span: K,1,2
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Title: How Many Ways?
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students estimate the value of collections of pennies, nickels, and dimes. They then determine the exact amount by exchanging sets of pennies or nickels for dimes. They also visit the U.S. Mint Web site, make sets of coins with a given value, and record them in a table. As an extension, they make and record patterns with the coins.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: How Many Ways?
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students estimate the value of collections of pennies, nickels, and dimes. They then determine the exact amount by exchanging sets of pennies or nickels for dimes. They also visit the U.S. Mint Web site, make sets of coins with a given value, and record them in a table. As an extension, they make and record patterns with the coins. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Number Cents: Looking Back and Moving Forward
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students discuss and model prices, review the money words they ve learned, and play games to facilitate continuing practice. They add to their portfolio and listen to another children s book. Questions for summative evaluation are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Number Cents: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students discuss and model prices, review the money words they ve learned, and play games to facilitate continuing practice. They add to their portfolio and listen to another children s book. Questions for summative evaluation are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Trading for Quarters
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students listen to a book and then find sets of coins equivalent to a quarter using pennies, nickels, and dimes. They also estimate and count coin collections and count by fives and tens using actual and online calculators. Finally, students pose and answer coin puzzle questions. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Trading for Quarters
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students listen to a book and then find sets of coins equivalent to a quarter using pennies, nickels, and dimes. They also estimate and count coin collections and count by fives and tens using actual and online calculators. Finally, students pose and answer coin puzzle questions. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: How much did that cost?
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Illuminations: Coin Box Web Address URL:
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=217 Standard(s):
[MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8] Digital Tool Description: In this digital workspace, students will learn how to count, collect, exchange, and make change for coins.
Title: How much did that cost? Digital Tool: Illuminations: Coin Box Digital Tool Description: In this digital workspace, students will learn how to count, collect, exchange, and make change for coins.
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Title: Money Money Money Part 2: Counting Like and Unlike Sets
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This is the part 2 of my series on money. With this podcast students will practice skip counting as they learn to count like and unlike sets of coins. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Money Money Money Part 2: Counting Like and Unlike Sets Overview: This is the part 2 of my series on money. With this podcast students will practice skip counting as they learn to count like and unlike sets of coins.
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Title: Money Money Money Part 1: Name that Coin
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Since money is an important component of our everyday lives, I have designed a series of podcast that will help students learn to identify each coin, count money, and make change. The first podcast focuses on coin identification. After viewing this podcast, students should be able to identify each coin and determine its monetary value. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Money Money Money Part 1: Name that Coin Overview: Since money is an important component of our everyday lives, I have designed a series of podcast that will help students learn to identify each coin, count money, and make change. The first podcast focuses on coin identification. After viewing this podcast, students should be able to identify each coin and determine its monetary value.
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Title: Collect .25
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With a partner, students take turns rolling a number cube and collecting that amount in coins. Coins can be traded for equivalent amounts. The object is to collect .25. Students use the Interactive White Board instead of "play money". This is another form of the AMSTI investigation, Collect .25. My students enjoy being able to use the Interactive White Board. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Collect .25 Overview: With a partner, students take turns rolling a number cube and collecting that amount in coins. Coins can be traded for equivalent amounts. The object is to collect .25. Students use the Interactive White Board instead of "play money". This is another form of the AMSTI investigation, Collect .25. My students enjoy being able to use the Interactive White Board.
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Title: Coin Jingles
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Looking for a fresh tool to teach coin recognition to primary students? Coin Jingles are short songs that help students remember the US coins. The podcast also includes young students sharing their observations about each coin. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (2) 21: Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2MD8]
Coin Jingles Overview: Looking for a fresh tool to teach coin recognition to primary students? Coin Jingles are short songs that help students remember the US coins. The podcast also includes young students sharing their observations about each coin.
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Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?
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Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT1 (1) 10: Describe the role of money in everyday life.
Subject: CrossDisciplinary  Informal Education , Mathematics  Applied Mathematics , Mathematics  Number Sense , Social Studies  Civics , Social Studies  Economics , Vocational Education  Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy  Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy  Lifeskills Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too. Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?
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Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT1 (1) 10: Describe the role of money in everyday life.
Subject: CrossDisciplinary  Informal Education , Mathematics  Applied Mathematics , Mathematics  Number Sense , Social Studies  Civics , Social Studies  Economics , Vocational Education  Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy  Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy  Lifeskills Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too. Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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Title: Celebrate the 100th day of school!
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As a class, students work in small groups to create a '' 100th Day'' book.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 5: Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use wholenumber exponents to denote powers of 10. [5NBT2]
Subject: Language Arts Title: Celebrate the 100th day of school!
Description: As a class, students work in small groups to create a '' 100th Day'' book. Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

