Lesson Plan
Title:  Adding and Subtracting Money
Subject:  Mathematics
Grade Level:  3 - 6
This unit will explore adding and subtracting money. It is designed for use with special needs students who are functioning on a 3rd to 6th grade level. It can be used either as a stand alone distance unit or used to enhance direct classroom instruction. I suggest students view the slide show and video before attempting the webquest.
Approximate Duration:  2 one hour sessions
Content Standards:
  • Number and Number Relations
         In problem-solving investigations, students demonstrate an understanding of the real number system and communicate the relationships within that system using a variety of techniques and tools.
  • Measurement
         In problem-solving investigations, students demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, processes, and real-life applications of measurement.
  • Data analysis, Probability, and Discrete Math
         In problem-solving investigations, students discover trends, formulate conjectures regarding cause-and-effect relationships, and demonstrate critical thinking skills in order to make informed decisions.
  • N-4-E
         demonstrating a conceptual understanding of the meaning of the basic arithmetic operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide) and their relationships to each other;
  • N-5-E
         selecting appropriate operation(s) (add, subtract, multiply, and divide) for a given situation;
  • N-6-E
         applying a knowledge of basic math facts and arithmetic operations to real-life situations;
  • N-9-E
         N-9-E demonstrating the connection of number and number relations to the other strands and to real-life situations.
  • N-4-M
         demonstrating a conceptual understanding of the meaning of the basic arithmetic operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide) and their relationships to each other;
  • N-5-M
         applying an understanding of rational numbers and arithmetic operations to real-life situations;
  • N-7-M
         selecting and using appropriate computational methods and tools for given situations involving rational numbers (e.g., estimation, or exact computation using mental arithmetic, calculator, computer, or paper and pencil);
  • N-8-M
         demonstrating a conceptual understanding and applications of proportional reasoning (e.g., determining equivalent ratios, finding a missing term of a given proportion).
  • A-2-E
         modeling and developing strategies for solving equations and inequalities;
  • A-3-E
         recognizing the connection of algebra to the other strands and to real-life situations (e.g., number sentences or formulas to represent real-world problems).
  • M-1-E
         applying (measure or solve measurement problem) the concepts of length (inches, feet, yards, miles, millimeters, centimeters, decimeters, meters, kilometers), area, volume, capacity (cups, liquid pints and quarts, gallons, milliliters, liters), weight (ounces, pounds, tons, grams, kilograms), mass, time (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years), money, and temperature (Celsius and Fahrenheit) to real-world experiences;
  • M-5-E
         demonstrating the connection of measurement to the other strands and to real-life situations.
  • M-1-M
         applying the concepts of length, area, surface area, volume, capacity, weight, mass, money, time, temperature, and rate to real-world experiences;
  • M-6-M
         demonstrating the connection of measurement to the other strands and to real-life situations.
Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs):
    • Number and Number Relations
      Grade 3

      8. Recognize, select, connect, and use operations, operational words, and symbols (i.e., +, -, x, ¸) to solve real-life situations

      (N-5-E) (N-6-E) (N-9-E)
      Grade 4

      12. Count money, determine change, and solve simple word problems involving money amounts using decimal notation

      (N-6-E) (N-9-E) (M-1-E) (M-5-E)

      14. Solve real-life problems, including those in which some information is not given

      Grade 5

      8. Use the whole number system (e.g., computational fluency, place value, etc.) to solve problems in real-life and other content areas

      Grade 6

      9. Add and subtract fractions and decimals in real-life situations

    • Measurement
      Grade 4

      24. Recognize the attributes to be measured in a real-life situation

      (M-2-E) (M-5-E)
    Educational Technology Standards:  
    • Identify, explain, and effectively use input, output and storage devices of computers and other technologies (e.g., keyboard, mouse, scanner, adaptive devices, monitor, printer floppy disk, hard drive).
    • Use a variety of developmentally appropriate resources and productivity tools (e.g., logical thinking programs, writing and graphic tools,digital cameras,graphing software) for communication,presentation,and illustration of thoughts, ideas,and stories.
    • Gather information and communicate with others using telecommunications (e.g., email, video conference, internet) with support from teachers, family members, or peers.
    • Utilize search strategies employing keywords, phrases, and Boolean operators (and, or, not) to access and retrieve information.
    • Use technology resources to assist in problem-solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.
    • Use information, media, and technology in a responsible manner which includes following the school's acceptable use policy, adhering to copyright laws, respecting the rights of others, and employing proper etiquette in all forms of communication.
    • Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools, web tools) to gather information for problem solving, communication, collaborative writing and publishing to create products for various audiences.
    • Understand Internet concepts (e.g., website, hypertext link, bookmarks, URL addresses) and apply intermediate on-line searching techniques (e.g., employ keyword, phrases, and Boolean Operators).
    TSW correctly solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of money amounts with minimal accuracy of 75%. Students will then complete webquest with minimal accuacy of 75%.
    Lesson Materials and Resources:
    Webquest, with order form and scoring rubric
    Slide Show (Power Point needed to view)
    Compressed video, with work sheet
    Computer lab to complete online activities if students do not have at home access.
    Technology Tools and Materials:

    Computer lab or home computer with internet access

    Webquest, slide show (Power Point needed to veiw), and compressed video from pange.tec.selu.edu/~estark

    •Erin Stark


    Background Information:
    Students should be able to access internet successfully, either at home or at the school's computer lab. Students should have basic math computational skills(ie. addition and subtraction facts.) Students also need to be able to follow written directions independently.
    Lesson Procedures:
    1. TSW view slide show.
    2. TSW view video and complete worksheet begun on the video.
    3. TSW complete webquest, turning in completed order form for grading using the scoring rubric.
    Assessment Procedures:
    Students success shall be assessed by accurate completion of the webquest. Webquest will be scored using the scoring rubric included in quest.

              ----- written by Erin Stark  

    Explorations and Extensions:
    Students will help parents with shopping either on-line or in person, sticking to a predetermined budget.
    If student is eligible for community based education a field trip to a mall would be appropriate.
    Lesson Development Resources:
    Math Advantage by Harcout Brace
    St. Tammany Parish School Board's Guarranteed Curriculum
    Even my 8th grade students were excited to be doing something on the computer for Math. They got really excited about the webquest, when we tried it in the lab. They finished the assigned shopping and began looking for gift ideas for members of their families and friends.
    Contact Information:
    Erin Stark
    Clearwood Jr High
    Additional Contacts:
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