Making Math Real: Money

Making Math Real: Money

8 half-day DL Course  |  9:00 am to 1:30 pm daily [Pacific Time]
Registration Fee:  $999 for tuition & materials binder (shipped)
2 optional academic units  
[see below]


MANDATORY PREREQUISITE:  All students who enroll in this course must have completed the Making Math Real: Overview K-12, Making Math Real: The 9 Lines Intensive, and Making Math Real: The 4 Operations and the 400 Math Facts.

This newly expanded 8 half-day online course provides the comprehensive, simultaneous multisensory structured methods for introducing and teaching the concepts and applications of understanding the code of money, as well as learning to identify coins and their values, counting mixed change, counting mixed bills, counting mixed bills and mixed coins, making change with bills and/or coins, connecting the concepts of place and place value of whole numbers to place and place value of dollars and coins, and using dollar notation for solving problems across the 4 operations with money.  

It is designed and intended for educational therapists, special educators, and elementary and secondary classroom teachers.  Parents and those who consider themselves non-math majors are especially encouraged to enroll. 

Participants will obtain the experience, practice, language, and specific content relative to this course to be able to teach students effectively and use these practical techniques immediately in classrooms, private practice, and at home.   Additionally, course participants will learn the appropriate manipulatives and developmental scope and sequence to design and deliver a systematic, incremental curriculum and/or remediation plan for the content areas presented in this course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In addition to the mathematical benefits, the successful ability to understand and apply the fundamentals of money provides significant practical, real-world connections. 

The ability to successfully apply concepts of money presents challenging cognitive demands that require substantial developments of self-regulatory executive functions that support working memory: planning, organization, sequencing, and the cognitive flexibility to shift working memory to count by multiple coin and bill values. Additional challenges include the concepts and applications of making change, connecting standard notation to dollar notation, expanded notation to penny notation, and problem solving using money.

Through instructor demonstrations and hands-on manipulative-based activities, participants learn to structure the full codes of counting mixed change for coins and bills, making change, and problem solving across the four operations with money for the grades K-5.

Topics include:

  • how to find and utilize the appropriate manipulatives for teaching money
  • simultaneous multisensory structured instruction for identifying coins and their values, counting mixed coins and bills systematically, and word problems for making change and involving money across the four operations

These techniques are designed and structured to reach the full diversity of processing styles.  Extensive color-coding is a critical element of the structure. Please have 4 colored markers or pencils in blue, green, red and black at your desk during the online course.


Optional Academic Credit Costs & Registration: Optional units of credit are available for select courses at the low cost of $134 per unit, paid directly to CSUEB Continuing Education, by the last day of every course.  CSUEB Online credit registration and payment instructions, along with the MMR grading policy, will be provided on the first day of every class. All credit registrations and payments must be submitted online through CSUEB’s website by the end of each course. No exceptions.

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