Monday, October 17, 2011
Using "Smart" to Introduce Money Unit
To start with, I read the poem straight through and ask students to write in their math journals if they feel "Smart" was an appropriate title for the poem and to explain their answer. We usually come to the conclusion that money isn't about how many of each coin you have; it is about the value of those coins.
I then read the poem through again while the students use manipulatives to show the trades and calculate how much money was lost at each level.
The students love this poem because they love to point out how they are smarter than the boy in the poem.