Thursday, March 28, 2013

Funny Money Shopping

Here’s a fun way to prep for binary number lessons using good old-fashioned “shopping” fun.  (And yes, credit for this idea totally goes to Fred of Life of Fred.)

I printed out some funny money without denominations, found here:

Then I wrote in the denominations:  1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128.  Note:  only ONE of each denomination!  We used ice cream cones for our bill “picture” – in line with Fred’s story – but you could go all creative with this…


If you have more time and creative genes, you can also create your own money in Publisher; some templates found here:

Now, we can price random stuff in the house at any amount we choose – whole numbers up to $255, and with just one of each denomination, we can come up with the correct amount!  No need to calculate change. :)

I’m off to do some more shopping at Miss Esmé’s store…