Making Real-World Connections

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Making Real-World Connections

Real Money vs. Plastic Money

The Disappointment


Paper Assessment

Performance Assessment

We did an experiment with my classroom of First Graders. The variables involved using REAL coins versus FAKE coins when learning how to count money. Most students have already been exposed to the value of coins in kindergarten, but when I took a poll, they used paper money. To carry out this experiment, I had students bring in REAL coins, and I provided the PLASTIC coins.

When I told the students that 1/2 of the class was going to get to ue their REAL coins they brought in, they were SO excited! Those students quickly got their money bags out, "clanked" their coins on the desks, and began sorting. The other 1/2 of the class were notified they were getting PLASTIC coins to count with. You should have seen their faces! :( Their coins made a totally different sound from the REAL coins. These coins did not have the shine/luster the REAL coins had. These students were so disappointed.

I gathered 4 students at a time at my small-group table for four days. (The entire class rotated groups throughout the day). 2 students got to use their REAL coins, and 2 students used PLASTIC coins. I put an amount on the dry-erase board and the students sorted/counted the correct amount. The students who had the PLASTIC money had a hard time determining coin value than the students who used the REAL money.

At the end of the week, all students took the "counting coins" assessment. This test was 5 problems, which had money printed on a piece of paper. Students were not allowed to use any coins, real or plastic. Also, since the tests were copied, the coins were in black and white. After taking the test (whole group), the class average was 82%

During the performance assessment, students were called back to my small-group table to count 5 sets of coins. Students were also allowed to use REAL coins. The teacher recorded correct and incorrect answers. After all of the performance assessments were completed, the class average was 90%.