ALEX Learning Activity


How Much Did That Cost?

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Thomas Smith
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 392
How Much Did That Cost?
Digital Tool/Resource:
Illuminations: Coin Box
Web Address – URL:

In this digital workspace, students will learn how to count, collect, exchange, and make change for coins.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 2
21 ) Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. [2-MD8]

Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have'

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
4NPO3f: Solve application problems involving numbers and operations.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.2.21- Demonstrate knowledge that money has value; identify coins (penny, nickel, dime).

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to identify the values of different U.S. monetary coins.

Students will be able to solve addition and subtraction operations involving money.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

The students will work online to review coin values and practice carrying out requested operations with money. To give this lesson even more real-world application, a market could be set up in the classroom in which monetary (fake money) exchanges must be carried out.

Assessment Strategies:

Teachers should use a check sheet to assess the demonstrated knowledge of the students as they use the Coin Box. 

The teacher could also develop a test that includes identification of coin values as well as word problems involving money.

Advanced Preparation:

Teachers should make plans to visit the computer lab to ensure that all students have adequate time and space to use the online tool.

Teachers should check that both the Internet connection and the activity page are live.

The teacher should have already taught the values associated with coins.

Variation Tips (optional):
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: dimes, dollar bills, nickels, pennies, quarters