Count Up to a One Dollar Word Activity

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Updated on Mar 13, 2014

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Once all players have made a $1.00 word, have everyone stop and share their words with each other.
  5. 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?

Julie Williams, M.A. Education, taught middle and high school History and English for seventeen years. Since then, she has volunteered in elementary classrooms while raising her two sons and earning a master's in school administration. She has also been a leader in her local PTA.

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