ALEX Learning Activity


How Much Did That Cost?

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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):
MA2019 (2019)
Grade: 2
24. Solve problems with money.

a. Identify nickels and quarters by name and value.

b. Find the value of a collection of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

c. Solve word problems by adding and subtracting within one dollar, using the $ and ¢ symbols appropriately (not including decimal notation).

Example: 24¢ + 26¢ = 50¢
Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • identify nickels and quarters.
  • find the value of a combination of coins.
  • solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using dollar and cent symbols appropriately.
Students know:
  • the value of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
  • ccounting sequence and skip counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s.
  • strategies for solving word problems.
Students are able to:
  • use problem solving strategies to solve word problems involving a variety of coins.
Students understand that:
  • a variety of strategies can be used to model and solve problems involving money.
  • mathematics procedures can be used to answer questions involving daily life situations.
Diverse Learning Needs:
Essential Skills:
Learning Objectives:
M.2.24.1: Determine the monetary value of a set of like and unlike bills.
M.2.24.2: Determine the monetary value of a set of like and unlike coins.
M.2.24.3: Apply addition and subtraction strategies.
M.2.24.4: Understand key words in addition and subtraction word problems involving money.
Examples: adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, sum, difference, all together, how much more, how much is left, in all, cents, dollar, change, paid, total.
M.2.24.5: Count forward from a given number by ones, fives, tens, and twenty-fives.
M.2.24.6: Identify coins and bills and their value.
M.2.24.7: Identify symbols for dollar ($), cent (¢).
M.2.24.8: Identify coins by name including penny, nickel, dime and quarter.
M.2.24.9: Sort pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
M.2.24.10: Count 10 objects.
Examples: pennies and dollar bills.

Prior Knowledge Skills:
  • Count to 1-25.
  • Understand the concept of amount.
  • Pair the number of objects counted with "how many?"
  • Understand that the last number name tells the number of objects counted.
  • Pair a group of objects with a number representing the total number of objects in the group.
  • Count objects one-by-one using only one number per object.
  • Recognize that numbers have meaning.
  • Recognize numerals 1-25.
  • Communicate number words.
  • Point to matching or similar objects.
  • Identify a penny, dime, nickels, quarters by attributes (color, size).

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.2.24 Using vocalization, sign language, augmentative communication, or assistive technology, identify and demonstrate knowledge that money has value; limited to penny = 1 cent, nickel = 5 cents, dime = 10 cents.

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