Help Build Math Skills: What's It Worth?

We all know the drill -- practice makes perfect. This math-computation exercise gives kids an interesting new way to practice their skills.

What this activity will develop:
Math and language skills

What you'll need:
• 52 index cards
• Marker
• Tape
• Paper to write on
• Pencils

Setting up:
Write one letter of the alphabet on each index card. With the rest of the cards mark a money value between 1 and 50. Vary the form of the values on the cards; for example, $.02, 5¢. Tape the alphabet up on a wall and place a card with a monetary value beneath each letter of the alphabet.

What to do:
Write a word on a piece of paper and ask your child to use the chart to figure out how much the word is worth.

Here are some variations you can try once kids are comfortable with the game:

• How much is their name worth?
• If you could change your name, what would it be and how much would it be worth?
• Whose name is most expensive in the family?
• What state in the United States is worth the most money?
• If the word bat is worth 28¢, would a word that rhymes with bat be worth more or less?

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