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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Financial Awareness for Math Students

Since April is Financial Awareness month, we thought we'd give you some teaching ideas for bringing financial awareness to your math classroom.

Welcome April

Excel Math lessons provide lots of opportunities for students to learn about coins, dollars, decimals, making change, solving word problems dealing with money, calculating unit cost, etc.

Excel Math Teacher Editions are also available in versions for:

Our Grades 1 - 6 Excel Math Texas Teacher Editions include a reproducible Budget Worksheet to help students develop a system for keeping and using financial records and to learn to balance a budget when expenses exceed income.

Older students learn to calculate interest, sales tax, and percents.

Feel free to give each of your students a few coins and the Coin Dimensions Chart on the right so they can compare the various attributes of different coins. Ask a few of the following questions:

Which coin is widest? (quarter or half dollar)
Which is smallest? (dime)
Which is thickest? (nickel)
Which coin probably weighs more?
Which is made of copper? (penny)
Have the students check the chart to check their answers.

You can take a look at samples of the Excel Math lessons and student sheets for Kindergarten through Grade 6 on the samples page of our website: Sample Lessons

If you would like a sample packet, visit our Sample Packet page and choose from these versions:

  • Common Core Standards
  • Texas (TEKS aligned and STAAR ready)
  • Standard (Non Common Core)

If you prefer to have a packet mailed to you, leave your address in the comments box below and we'll send you an intro DVD along with the sample packet.

Coin Comparison Chart
Coins Comparison Chart

Here's a word problem from one of our Excel Math lessons to help students calculate the cost of a day of roller skaing.

Feel free to share it with your students.

Excel Math Word Problem

Excel Math Expanded Word Problem


Excel Math also has more indepth word problems called Create A Problem.

This feature lets students express their own understanding of a story problem, explore various problem-solving techniques, finish longer story problems, and eventually write their own problems.

These exercises merge math and literacy.

We start with simple stories and give students a chance to observe what is happening in the story.

They then use those observations to solve problems.

Later in the curriculum we ask students to create a problem or two, and make up their own CheckAnswer.

Create A Problem
Grade 4 Excel Math Create A Problem

0 - 9 numbers

Finally, students are able to finish a story in their own words, and write several problems about their story ending.

This demonstrates mastery AND integration.

The format of the page allows longer answers, along with charts, graphs and other expressions of the students' solutions.

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