Today I want to share with you a fun and free computer game that my students have been using to further practice this important skill.
In this fun and fast paced game, coins fall from above into rows and columns. Your goal is to try to make a particular amount of money using the coins you have available. It is a race against time because if any of your columns fill completely with coins, the game is over. There are three levels to progress through and each gets progressively harder. Take a look:
|Level 1 starts off with just nickles and pennies. The game asks you to make smaller amounts, mostly under 20 cents. This level makes the game accessible to younger children and I often let first graders try this game.|
|Level 2 ups the difficulty a bit by adding dimes and asking for higher amounts to be made. It is still very accessible to younger children at this level and I have had first through third graders like playing this game.|
The pace of this game is fast and it keeps it fun. If you "lose" you can just click play again and get right back into it. It doesn't take a lot of time to teach and is ready to use.