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Counting cash


Students practice handling money through simulated purchases and sales transactions.

Big idea

Knowing how to make change can help you prevent costly and embarrassing mistakes and help make sure you’re in control of your money

Essential questions

  • Why is it important to be able to conduct efficient and accurate money transactions?
  • What strategies can I use to accurately calculate my change after making a purchase? 


  • Practice counting out the correct amount of change after a simulated purchase
  • Practice giving back change in the fewest number of bills possible

What students will do

  • Participate in simulated sales transactions.
  • Calculate correct change using the fewest number of bills.

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Student materials


Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.