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A Twist™ on Counting Change!
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Time:
10-15 Minutes
Materials: Twist™,
Projector or TV, coins
Skills: Identification of coins, Adding
           money amounts, Estimation

Grades: 2-3
Small Group
Grouping:
Whole Class
Model
1. Explain to students that you will show them a group of coins and they will estimate the total value of the coins. Tell them they will be seeing the coins from a much different perspective than usual.
Guide
2. Hold several
coins in your hand
under Twist. Adjust
the focus then
slowly move your
hand so the
students see all of
the coins or, for
additional challenge,
part of each coin.

3. Have the
students write an
estimate of the total value of the coins on the attached sheet. 4. Show the students the coins and calculate the actual amount as a group. Students write actual amounts next to their estimates. Have students
whose estimates were closest to the amount explain how they determined their answers.

5. Repeat the
process with
varying amounts
and types of coins.
Then have pairs of
students try the
activity with each
other, writing
estimates and
actual amounts.
Assess
6. Use students' estimates to assess abilities to identify coins and add coin amounts.
Extend
7. Say aloud various coin combinations, such as nickel, dime, penny. Have students write the amounts after simply hearing the coin combinations. Check for accuracy. Or have students write the total amount of coin values shown with Twist and list other coin combinations for the same amount.
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