Making Change

Recently, a co-worker placed an order in a Starbucks drive-thru. He pulled up to the window and handed the cashier a $20 bill. (His order had been $7 and change). Unfortunately, the young cashier could not come up with the correct change without pulling out a standard calculator.

When he mentioned this in the office later that morning, I was floored. Making change – isn’t that a pretty basic skill?

Want to practice making change? There are a lot of neat ways to do it, but here was a GENIUS way I saw on a Facebook group entitled CFISD Elementary Resources.

This method is creative, attention-getting, and low-budget which is perfect for the world we’re living in today! Check it out!


I could see having the child count out the money needed for each total, then either adding all rows together, subtracting one number from another, etc.

What are some of the ways you like to work with money at your house? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Happy Wednesday! Be safe, stay at home, and wash, wash, wash your hands with soap and water! 

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