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Math
Lesson
for Pig Day
Objective:
The
students will count money.

Materials
 Piggy
Bank Worksheet
 Piggy
Bank Story Problems Worksheet
 Money or manipulatives
used to represent money. The number and types of
coins will depend on how much the students have worked
with money so far. For example, Kindergarten
students may only each need 10 pennies to
manipulate. Second grade students may need a
wider variety of quarters, dimes, nickels, and
pennies. If it is not possible to supply
students with money or representations of money, draw
a "piggy bank" on the chalkboard. Then
as the story problems are read to the students, draw the
"money" in the piggy bank for the students
to look at and use for a visual.
 A list of money story
problems appropriate for the class, prepared by the
teacher. These problems will be read to the students.

Procedure
 Give each student a Piggy
Bank Worksheet to use as their "piggy
bank" and money or money manipulatives. (Or
draw the piggy bank on the chalkboard.)
 Read story problems for
the students to complete using their money. Some
examples for younger students may be: "You have 3
pennies in your piggy bank, you add 3 more. Now
how many pennies do you have?" Some
examples for older students would be: "You have 2
dimes in your piggy bank, you add a nickel. How
much money do you have now?"
 Give each student a Piggy
Bank Story Problems Worksheet and have them work
in pairs and record some of their own money math
problems and answers.
 Allow the pairs to share
one of their problems with the rest of the
class. The complexity of these problems will
depend on the age of the students.

Other
Lesson Ideas
 Similar to above, have the
students practice counting by 1's, 5's, and 10's using
pennies, nickels, and dimes. How many of each
does it take to reach $1.00?
 Find a seethrough
container to label your "piggy bank".
Fill it with pennies and have the students estimate
how many pennies are in it. Work as a class to
determine how many there actually are.
 Play a "Piggy Bank
Game". Have the students play in
pairs. Each student is given 1 dice and a
"Piggy Bank". They take turns
rolling. For each roll, they may place that
number of pennies in their "bank" (use the Piggy
Bank Worksheet). Whoever has the most
pennies at the end of the game is the winner.
 Have a geometry
lesson. Give each student the following shapes
cut from paper: a large oval (for the body), 2 circles
(one larger than the other) (one circle is the head
and the other is the snout), 2 small triangles (ears),
4 small squares (legs), and 1 long rectangle
(tail). Have the students use these shapes to
create a pig.
 Use the following link to
complete the given story problems Math
Stories (Most appropriate for older students.)


