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Making smart money trades


Students listen to a story about making money trades and determine whether the values of different groups of coins and paper money are equal or unequal.

Big idea

Different coins and paper money have different values.

Essential questions

  • Why is it helpful to know that different coins and dollar bills are worth different amounts?
  • Why is it important to be careful when trading coins and paper money?


  • Understand that different coins and paper money have different values
  • Recognize whether combinations of money have the same or different value

What students will do

  • Listen to and discuss the story A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban.
  • Determine whether different groups of money are equal or unequal in value.

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