# Giving Change {Australian Money}

Our Giving Change {Australian Money} will make counting back change a breeze for your Year 3 students. A must have Hands-on, interactive shopping game for the BEST Ever Lesson on learning to count change to the nearest five cents!

Have you noticed that teaching Kids about  money and giving change {Australian Money} is getting more and more difficult? ….We have too!

In this post we will share with you what you need to teach your students about shopping and giving change,  and our favourite Hands-on Australian Money Printables.

Have you noticed that teaching Kids about  money and giving change {Australian Money} is getting more and more difficult? ….We have too!

We’ve had many a discussion with other teachers about this and agree that it’s because kids get less and  less opportunity to use, handle and even see real Australian coins and notes being used in daily life!

We live in a cashless society, where the majority of shopping transactions are made electronically using plastic cards and EFTPOS machines.

Money is very rarely changing hands! We’re not using cash to pay for our purchases and we are NOT getting any change back either, and this has a HUGE impact on our students skills and confidence with Money.

So Teachers, having a class shop may be fun,  but you’ve got your work cut out for you when it comes to teaching your kids to count the change required for simple transactions to the nearest five cents.

Let’s take a look at what you need to teach…

## Teaching Giving Change {Australian Money}

Teaching Kids to Count change is part of the Number and Algebra curriculum and can be found under the sub-strand  of “Money and Financial Mathematics. “

The skill of giving change is introduced in Year 3 students in All States Across Australia. Once taught, giving change, is forms part of Year 4, 5, & 6 outcomes for students.

The best way to learn about change is by using Role-play shopping situations that involve tendering cash and receiving change. Using play money and even number lines are useful for building understanding of working out change due.

Students need to know that Change is:

• The amount you have overpaid when you don’t pay with the exact amount of money
• It’s the difference between the money you give the cashier and the price of your purchase
• Change is worked out by counting up from the cost price to the amount you have given the cashier

e.g. a book costs \$2.70 you give the cashier a \$5 note.

To work out the change the student starts counting back the coins as they count

• give back 20 cents and say “two dollars ninety”
• then give back 10c and say :three dollars
• Next give back \$2 coin and say “five dollars”

Using play money, shopping catalogues and setting up a shop is the best way to develop giving change, so don’t be tempted to show students an algorithm before they’ve tried it hands on.

With this in mind we’ve created a range of “Money Play Centres” that encourage these transactions so your students will be working out change in no time.

## Giving Change Money Games

With these pretend shop money games everyone can play shops!

Everyone wants to be playing shops at the same time, and things can get a little prickly while the kids are waiting for their turn. So we created these fun pretend play packs to practise shopping & giving changes.

Use in small groups or individuals. To play Students:

1. first pick a shopping basket & load it onto the checkout
2. next they match the cost of the shopping in words to the price tag
3. Pay the cashier
4. count back the change using play money and the student working out sheets to help them
5. complete the student sheet (so you can track their understanding)
6. Go shopping again!

## Fast Food Money Game

Click the images below for more Australian Money Printables…

### PLAN

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### TEACH

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