Second graders at Garden Ridge Elementary in Flower Mound are putting their minds together to use their math skills and learn more about money after an engaging lesson on U.S. currency.
To begin the lesson, teacher Emily Anderson taught students to identify coins by looking at their face and color. Then, they worked in small groups and solved riddles and sorted coins by type: quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.
Building off of that knowledge, her students learned to add coins together and then after that, the students took their knowledge and pretended to be a banker and count money while Anderson read Stuart J. Murphy’s “The Penny Pot” – a MathStart book about a little girl who would love to have her face painted at the school fair and sets up a penny pot to collect spare change to pay for the 50 cents to paint her face.
“This lesson gives our students knowledge that they can apply to real-life experiences,” teacher Emily Anderson said. “They can now go to Target and see how much things cost. If they have money with them, they will know how to count it and purchase items from a store.”
Students appreciated the lesson.
“We are learning about money and learning about skip counting, which is what you usually do when counting money,” 2nd grader Isabel Bennight said. “My dad has Euros and I hope to bring some to class to show them different types of money one day.”
Fellow classmate Brody Vaughn agreed.
“I really like the money lesson and it will help when I go to the store and want to buy something.”
Elizabeth Haas is part of the public relations team for the Lewisville Independent School District.