How Much is a Name Worth?

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In this math lesson, learners use simple addition facts to compute values (in dollars and cents) for their names. Next, learners add larger numbers to compute the combined value of all the names in their group. Finally, they use the group totals to compute the combined value of the all names in the larger group or class. To calculate the values, learners can use counters, draw tens and ones, group numbers into doubles, find tens, count on, etc. It is not necessary for learners to know how to add using the common regrouping algorithm, nor is it necessary for them to know how to add coins. This activity is designed to allow learners to explore combining strategies on their own and in small groups.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Number and Operations
    • Reasoning and Proof
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Financial Literacy


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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