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Funbrain: Change Maker

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.funbrain.com/cashreg/index.html

Website Example: http://www.funbrain.com/cashreg/index.html

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

Help your students practice making change with this interactive game. Students figure out how many of each bill or coin they expect to get back when they pay for something. When students get the answer correct, the amount of change is added to their piggy bank. If they get the answer wrong, the correct amount of change is subtracted from their piggy bank. The more money they get in their piggy bank, the harder the questions will get. There are four levels of difficulty:

  • Easy: Amounts less than $1.00
  • Medium: Amounts less than $5.00
  • Hard: Amounts less than $100.00
  • Super Brain: Big Spenders

Preparation

  1. Teach the students how to make change.
  2. Provide students an opportunity to practice making change with play money.
  3. Make sure students are familiar with using a mouse before engaging in this activity.

How-To

  1. Direct students to the Example Web Site (above).
  2. Demonstrate for the students how the site works.
  3. Have students select an appropriate level (easy, medium, or hard), select the American flag, and practice making change.
  4. Circulate the room to help students who may be struggling.

Levels

  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (1.2) Use information to identify and purchase goods and services
  • (1.1) Use measurement and money

Basic Communication

  • (6.1) Compute using whole numbers
  • (6.0) Demonstrate pre-computation skills
  • (6.9) Use estimation and mental arithmetic

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
  • (7.3) Demonstrate ability to use problem-solving skills
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.