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Learn to Count Back Change

Learn How to Count Back Change

SDPB presents a program that takes a funny look at the money business. Kids' Quest Making Change Really Counts follows the trail of Rusty Nickel, a would-be smart guy who's got some problems when it comes to money.

With the advent of cash registers that calculate everything automatically, the way to manually make change seems to be in danger of becoming a lost art. The program, for use in classrooms and by homeschoolers, teaches kids, and every age, how to count back change and develop money skills.

Video Options

Entire Program


Lesson 1 - Change Relay

Change Relay Directions (PDF)

Handouts for Lesson One: Change Relay
Lesson One - Bill I (PDF)
Lesson One - Bill II (PDF)
Lesson One - Bill III (PDF)
Lesson One - Bill IV (PDF)
Lesson One - Coin I (PDF)
Lesson One - Coin II (PDF)
Lesson One - Problem I (PDF)
Lesson One - Problem II (PDF)
Lesson One - Problem III (PDF)
Lesson One - Problem IV (PDF)
The Rusty Nickel Award Large (PDF)
The Rusty Nickel Award Small (PDF)

Lesson 2 - How Much Is That

How Much Is That? Directions (pdf)

Handouts for Lesson Two: How Much Is That?
Student Organizer (Excel)
Teacher Organizer (Excel)
Bid Slips (pdf)
Student Organizer (pdf)
Teacher Organizer (pdf)

The Rusty Nickel Award Large (pdf)
The Rusty Nickel Award Small (pdf)

Practice Makes Perfect

Counting Back Change Interactives

Challenge 1 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 2 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 3 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 4 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 5 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 6 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 7 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 8 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 9 (PowerPoint)
Challenge 10 (PowerPoint)

Practice Problems

Hefty Appetite (Teacher / Student)
Loose Change I (Teacher / Student)
Loose Change II (Teacher / Student)
Family Reunion (Teacher / Student)
Out on the Town (Teacher / Student)
Shopping Spree I (Teacher / Student)
Shopping Spree II (Teacher / Student)

Safety Alert - As an educator you are responsible for the implementation of the activities found on this site. You must have safety procedures and rules established for your classroom and make sure all of the students follow the rules to ensure a safe environment. South Dakota Public Broadcasting cannot in any way be responsible or liable for any injury as a result of using the activities. Use the activities you feel are appropriate and safe for your individual class. Have fun and stay safe!

Special Thanks - Coffee Shop Gallery, Vermillion, Davis Pharmacy, Vermillion, Don Forseth, Dowry Costumes, Sioux City, Iowa, Don Harris, Hy-Vee, Vermillion, Nook 'n Cranny, Vermillion, Kayla Roberts, Tiger Art Gallery, Vermillion, Wal-Mart, Vermillion, Advisory Panel, Chad Andersen, Bob Bosse, Wess Pravecek, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Steven Rokusek, Bylander, Ruth, Jim Sprecher, Brad Van Osdel, Holy Trinity Elementary School, Hartington, NE 3rd and 5th Grade Class

Note: The United States Mint, the Department of the Treasury, or the United States Government Does Not sponsor, endorse, approve, or associate with (a) the product or service in which the design is used; (b) the creators or distributors of the product or service; or (c) any other nonfederal entity, person, activity, product, or service.

is funded in part by WHAT'S UP IN FINANCE?
which is made possible by the Moody's Foundation.