Count Up to a One Dollar Word
Here's a math challenge for the 100th day of school: using the code below, count up letters and see how many "$1.00 words" you can make. It's harder than it looks!
This game is a great mental workout, not only offering counting and addition practice, but also stretching your child's vocabulary and spelling skills.
What You Need:
- One or more players
- Pen and paper for each player
- Letter code (download here)
What You Do:
- Download the letter code. Print out one copy for each player. In the code, every letter in the alphabet is given a decimal number value, with all vowels sharing the value of a nickel (.05).
- Let the counting begin! Have everyone gather around a table, pen, paper, and letter code in hand. Let everyone work individually, or divide into teams if you have a lot of players.
- Challenge the players to make a word that adds up to exactly $1.00. Words can be any length, but they must add up to exactly $1.00.
- Once all players have made a $1.00 word, have everyone stop and share their words with each other.
- Once everyone is finished sharing, start a second round. This time, challenge everyone to create as many $1.00 words as they can!
Try varying the rules for fun. Instead of making a one dollar word, can you make a 50-cent word? How about a 75-cent word?