I was working on an IEP for a new student a few weeks and was struggling to come up with a functional academic math goal. Most of the goals I regularly work on with my kids were all to difficult for this particular young man. I wanted to pick something that I could actually teach him, since looking at his IEP from high school it seems he rarely ever met any of his goals.
Luckily our program has some wonderful level one teachers I could go to for advice. One teacher had these neat money cards in a basket she uses for her kids. Each card is neatly laminated, very colorful and age appropriate for our kids.
What she does is hand the student some one dollar bills then lets them pick a card of something they would like to buy. The student then has to hand her the right amount of dollars bills to make the purchase. I am sure there is a lot of prompting and praise involved as well. She says by the end of the school year all her kids have mastered the task!
She was going to try to find the cards to email me but hasn't been able to locate them so I made some of my own. I made 12 task cards only using one dollar bills. There are copies of those task cards using dollars and quarters (12 cards) and some using the dollars and a variety of coins (12). I also made 12 cards that use larger bills and another 12 cards with larger bills and coins. I can't wait to start using them in my classroom! I think all my kids will benefit from them!