My students are energetic and enthusiastic learners who live in a culturally diverse community. They are constantly eager to learn all they can about the world around them, how things work, and the people that live in their community.
My students are very interested in how they can make a difference in the world.
When they see a problem, they like to create solutions to try. If the first solution doesn't work, they put their heads together and try a new solution.
Kids love to solve puzzles, and mine are no different! One of their favorite challenges is to decode our alphabet puzzles. For these challenges, students are given a mixed up alphabet where every letter has a secret number value. Students then use the decoder to read the secret message. I want to put a new twist on their favorite game! To introduce this unit, we will read 26 Letters and 99 Cents. This book will have their mind racing and will connect the idea of a secret code to money. Then, instead of using words as the solution, I will use money amounts. I will assign each Lego brick a different value and give students a task card asking them to build something. After gathering the Legos and building their structure, students will need to determine the value of the structure. My students love Legos and this activity is a great way to get students practicing their money skills without even realizing they are working!
Having money sense is important, but it is often hard for kids.
By adding Legos to our money equation, I am sure I will only hear cheers when it is time to practice our financial literacy skills!
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