R.I.C. Publications contacted me this month and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing one of their new release Australian Curriculum resource books on “Money” and I said yes, because one thing I’ve had trouble sourcing a lot of great resources on for maths is money and it’s one of the topics we’re covering next term.
The Australian Curriculum “Money” resource book by Clare Way is available in three year level options:
Book 1 – Years 1 and 2
Book 2 – Years 3 and 4
Book 3 – Years 5 and 6
I was sent Book 1 for review and as always, it’s full of great resources and ideas for classroom teachers.
This book is broken in to two sections – one for Year 1 appropriate content, and one for Year 2 content. Each section has clear, concise teacher notes for introducing students to money (notes and coins) as well as display ideas and teaching points. Where available there are links to online resources to supplement their suggested activities.
I especially like the sections on Warm-Up activities as these activities are all short and are great to include in a maths warm at the beginning on your lessons to get students started on thinking about money and currency.
Both sections include teacher resources that can be reproduced for displays or hands on activities with students. These resources include picture representations of coins, the symbols on coins, international coins, blank coins, notes and price tags.
Each Year Level section is clearly marked at the top of the page, and activity worksheets are very clear and uncluttered.
I love that the activities included have a very heavy focus (particularly at a Year 1 level) on knowing and recognising coins. There are activities for each individual coin in which students look at the features as well as practising making different values using known coins.
The activities become increasingly more complex as you move into the Year 2 section, as students begin to look at notes, as well as begin to add up and make collections and begin to write these values.
Each year level section has two assessment pages, as well as a checklist for the teacher and answers to all activities for quick and easy marking.
If you’re looking for an in-depth series of activities focusing on Australian money for your classroom than this is a really wonderful resource. It is a great supplement to hands-on activities using coins for young students.
If you’re interested in more information, check out R.I.C. Publication’s website here.
Thank you to R.I.C. Publications for sending this book to me for review.
I received a copy of this resource for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.