Grade Levels: K-3

These classroom activities are designed to complement the Equivalent Coins topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Dollar Store

Have pairs or small groups set up a “dollar store.” They may wish to create artwork to sell in their store or bring in healthy snacks to sell. Then give students a collection of fake coins (or real ones) to buy goods. Make sure the “seller” and the “customer” both check the coins to make sure the correct amount has been offered. The seller should also write down what coins the customer used to buy the good as a record of sales.

Coin Challenge

Give small groups a collection of fake or real coins. Then have students come up with different ways to make 20¢, 50¢, 85¢, or other amount up to a dollar. Have them write down or draw their collections. Then challenge them with questions such as, “What three coins can you use to make 75¢?” or “What’s the fewest number of coins you can use to make 40¢?” Allow groups to use their coins to come up with their answers. Be sure to go around the room to check their work.


Filed as:  Equivalent Coins, K-3, Math, Money