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Public Education Educator Resources Money Taking Care of my Dog

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to solve problems in a story by counting money.


Grade Levels



Common Core Standard

Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.


Materials Needed

Money Manipulatives

“Taking Care of My Dog” Worksheet

Computer with internet access



  • Explain to the students that they will be reviewing how to count money to solve problems in a story.
  • Pass out paper money (or manipulatives) to each student.
  • Review how many cents a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter represent.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling

  • Hand out the “Taking Care of My Dog” worksheet.
  • Model the first word problem for the class by reading it aloud and demonstrating with coins how to solve the problem.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling

  • Have the students, with the help of their partner, complete the rest of the word problems.
  • Walk the room and monitor students.

Review and Closing

  • Bring students together for discussion. Possible discussion questions: What did your dog need? What was the most expensive? What was the least expensive?
  • It can be expensive to take care of a dog. Review with students about how to be a responsible dog owner here: (Responsible Dog Owner).
  • After reading through this information, ask the children: In what ways were the children responsible dog owners? Discuss as a class.


Be a Responsible Dog Owner. (n.d.) Retrieved from