20+ Resources for Teaching Money and Financial Mathematics

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Money and financial mathematics are a pretty big deal!

Buying essentials, getting a paycheck, paying bills, saving and spending – imagine how hard this would be if you didn’t understand money!

Without a solid understanding of money and financial literacy, our students would struggle in the real world. Like many math concepts, this is integral for children to understand in order to successfully participate in society.

Money and Financial Mathematics

Along with the ability to use money practically, lessons on money and finance also give students valuable knowledge in many other areas like:

  • counting
  • basic fractions
  • decimals and percentages
  • ordering numbers
  • symbol recognition

Luckily for you, we have some brilliant resources to help you and your students ace that money talk and strengthen their sense of financial math all the way through primary school!


Money and Financial Mathematics

With hands-on activities and games, teaching this interesting topic is a great way to make math fun. Combined with true-to-life concrete material, your kids will be counting their dollars in no time!

Visual Aids

Exploring a unit on money wouldn’t be complete without some visual classroom aids. Take a look at this amazing variety of resources, from posters to word walls – there’s something for every classroom!

Teaching Money and Financial Mathematics - Create a classroom display

Get started with our United States Money Display Banner! Pair it with some printable notes from our American Dollars – Monetary Themed Classroom Reward System and Individual American Currency Posters.

Next, set some goals with your students and help them be accountable for their learning with our Goal Labels – Money (Lower Elementary)Goal Labels – Money (Middle Elementary) and Goal Labels – Money (Upper Elementary).

Below, I’ve printed out the money related goals from our Goals – Numeracy (Lower Elementary) which you can use to create a progression classroom display!

Teaching Money and Financial Mathematics - Set your students goals

Finally, check out these other money display resources to boost your wall display and make an out-of-this-world visual aid.

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American Currency Posters - Coins

Use these money posters to teach your students about coin recognition and value.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageGrades: 1 - 2
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American Currency Poster - Bills

A poster showing different American bills and their values.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageGrades: 2 - 3

Manipulatives and Workbook Activities

While we can’t give our students REAL money, we can certainly give them the experience of manipulating money to problem solve and develop their number sense.

Activities such as the Picture Cards with Price Tags and Coins gives students opportunities to:

  • match the coin to the price tag
  • buy a number of items and calculate the price
  • calculate change using price tags and coins

In addition to this, printables such as our United States Coin Sheets can be used in conjunction with any of our printable worksheets related to money. Great for those kids needing a bit of extra real-world experience!

Why not print these off along with the coins from the Piggy Banks – American Coins to complete the American Money Match Up Activity?

Teaching Money and Financial Mathematics - use fake coins to complete work activities

For just a small sample of our money and financial mathematics worksheets, check out the resources below!

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Problem Solving Worksheet - Money

A problem solving worksheet involving money.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesGrades: 4 - 6

Classroom Games

Engaging with the concept of money without using actual, well, money!

These games will help your students develop the skills that come with recognising and counting coins and notes, as well as exchanging money for goods.

Something as simple as a money bingo game or money match-up game can go a long way to helping students build their confidence with money.

Teaching Money and Financial Mathematics - play a money game in small group rotations

These other engaging money games are great for whole class activities, small group rotations or independent work:

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Money Matchup Activity - US Currency

A set of 11 money matchup puzzles.

Teach Starter Publishing11 pagesGrades: 1 - 3
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What's it Worth? - Money Activity (US Currency)

A game to play when learning how to add currency.

Teach Starter Publishing6 pagesGrades: 3 - 5
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Money Dominoes (US Currency)

Forty cards for dominoes using US currency.

Teach Starter Publishing10 pagesGrades: 2 - 3

Real-World Financial Mathematics

math investigations are an amazing way for students to test themselves with longer, open-ended financial planning opportunities. These types of activities are incredibly beneficial to solidifying an understanding of money while building confidence in a risk-free setting.

Financial Planning math Investigation – My Day at Leisure Land! is just one example of our mathematics investigations to explore money.

It’s an investigation involving financial planning, embedded in a real-world context.

Grandma has given you $100 to spend for a day at Leisure Land! How will you budget for your day?

This open-ended investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of simple financial planning and timetables.

 

If you’ve done this before, check out our other brilliant investigations your class will love!

Financial Mathematics math Investigation – Let’s Play Mini Golf!

In this investigation, students must use their knowledge and understanding of a range of mathematical concepts to design a mini-golf hole for their backyard. They are required to submit a detailed diagram and financial plan for their mini-golf hole using the worksheets and supplementary materials provided within the resource. Read more about this interesting math investigation in Holly’s blog.

Money and Financial Mathematics - Complete a Maths Investigation with your Class!

Decimals and Percentages math Investigation – Prepare to Party!

In this investigation, students must use their knowledge and understanding of decimals and percentages to plan an end-of-year celebration for their class. The party plan must adhere to a budget agreed to by the class, as well as a set of conditions laid down by the teacher. To do this, students must use the party supplies catalogue provided to select food, party decorations and serving supplies for the celebration, then record all costings on the worksheets provided.

Teaching Money and Financial Mathematics in the Classroom

Learn how to use this math investigation in time for an end of term party with your class! Check out the blog Real World Mathematics | Exploring math with an End of Term Party for tips and ideas on how to do this.

Once you’ve given these a try, don’t forget to check out our other real-world money worksheets and activities!

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Pandora's Party Palace Math Activity - Upper Level Version

16 mathematics problem solving task cards involving money in a real-world context.

Teach Starter Publishing12 pagesGrades: 4 - 6
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Financial Planning Math Investigation - My Day at Leisure Land!

A mathematics investigation involving financial planning embedded in a real-world context.

Teach Starter Publishing14 pagesGrades: 4 - 6
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Pandora's Party Palace Math Activity - Middle Years Version

16 mathematics problem solving task cards involving money in a real-world context.

Teach Starter Publishing12 pagesGrades: 3 - 5
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Pandora's Party Palace Math Activity - Lower Level Version

16 mathematics problem solving task cards involving money in a real-world context.

Teach Starter Publishing12 pagesGrades: 2 - 3


Teaching Money and Financial Mathematics can be a lot of fun with the right activities and resources!

Check out all these and more Money and Financial Mathematics resources on the Teach Starter website.

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