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  • Writer's pictureAlex Box

Money, money, money - some new visuals the maths teaching toolkit

I've been thinking about habits that support numeracy. If habits of reasoning were embedded in everyday maths thinking and might this emphasis on reasoning affect people's general capability and confidence in everyday number situations? For instance, situations involving money and finance?

Lately, I've been in conversations about the lack of visual prompts involving money. There are a few scattered about online but, unless you are based in the US, they're usually the wrong currency.

Given the authentic context that money provides for engaging with number, some maths talk visuals featuring coins seemed like an appropriate thing to add to the world's maths teaching toolkit.

Here are 4 currency variations on a set of visuals to use when running the Compare & Contrast routine (aka Same But Different and Same Or Different),

Not yet familiar with this maths talk routine? You can learn more about it via one of the links above. Or you can come along to an online conference session I'm running this week at MathsConf on Tue 24 Jan, 6:00-9:00am (Melb/Syd time). The cost is £5.98 (so around $10 AUD) and access to conference session recordings will be available.

Most of these new visuals have been tested to ensure enough responses (see Example Predicted Responses) but do feel free to share any improvement feedback after using them.

Australian Currency

What's the same? What's different?

Download PDF - Aussie Coin Compare & Contrast Visuals

British Currency

What's the same? What's different?

Download PDF - British Coin Compare & Contrast Visuals

Euro Currency

What's the same? What's different?

Download PDF - Euro Coin Compare & Contrast Visuals

US Currency

What's the same? What's different?

Download PDF - US Coin Compare & Contrast Visuals


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