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Strategy: Making Change

Math Problem Solving Strategy: Making Change

making change problem solving

This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.

Looking to help your students with practice making change through problem solving?

This math problem solving strategy can be practiced with this set of resources.

Math Problem Solving Strategies

This is one in a series of resources to help you focus on specific problem solving strategies in the classroom.

Within this download, we are offering you a range of word problems for practice.

Each page provided contains a single problem solving word problem.

Below each story problem you will find a set of four steps for students to follow when finding the answer.

This set will focus on making change in math problem solving.

What are the 4 problem solving steps?

After carefully reading the problem, students will:

  • Step 1: Circle the math words.
  • Step 2: Ask yourself: Do I understand the problem?
  • Step 3: Solve the problem using words, numbers and pictures below.
  • Step 4: Share the answer along with explaining why the answer makes sense.
making change problem solving

Making Change Word Problems

As teachers, we know how important teaching the skill of problem solving is.

 It is just as difficult to find a collection of story problems that will help you practice the skill.  

We have created this collection of problems to give students practice in making change.  

We have created different scenarios that ask students to find totals, make change and even apply coupons to amounts.  

There are two similar problems for each type of practice.

You will find the following selections in this making change with problem solving download:

  • Purchasing 1 item, finding change given
  • Adding 2 items, finding change given
  • Purchasing 3 items, finding change given
  • Using coupons when making a purchase

You can download this free set of making change word problems here:

Problem Solving Download

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As with all of our resources, The Curriculum Corner creates these for free classroom use. Our products may not be sold. You may print and copy for your personal classroom use. These are also great for home school families!

You may not modify and resell in any form. Please let us know if you have any questions.

You may not modify and resell in any form. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Tuesday 19th of November 2013

These are terrific! Thanks so much for sharing these resources. I'll be sharing with my students (preservice teachers) as we look at problem solving. Best, Tricia