Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

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Using money as a context for teaching basic arithmetic is an excellent strategy for engaging young mathematicians. Following along with a class reading of the children's book Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich last Sunday by Judith Viorst, children record and add up the cost of the items Alexander purchased in the story. Students then decide what they would spend their dollar on, totalling the cost to see how much money they would have left. This fun activity would perfectly conclude a lesson series on money, allowing children to apply what they've learned to solve an open-ended, real-world problem.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Children's book teaches students the importance of spending money wisely and provides a meaningful context for applying basic math skills
  • Lesson allows for cross-curricular connections between math and language arts
Cons

  • Requires a copy of the children's book Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
  • Teacher must create the worksheet described in the lesson
Common Core