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Smart Are YOU With Money?"
Silverstein's poem, Smart, will tickle your student's
funnybones and teach lessons about the value of money at
the same time! A
printable Adobe .pdf file
of the poem below is provided for classroom use.
Students will reason and logically come to understand the
value of money
- A copy of the
poem, Smart, by Shel Silverstein
- Play or real
coins for students to use as manipulatives
- The poem is
read aloud by the teacher.
- Teacher and
students reread the poem together.
- Teacher encourages
student discussion of the poem. Did the boy get a good deal?
What was wrong with his logic?
- Teacher reads
poem aloud again, a stanza at a time. Students determine
the amount of money the boy in the poem has by acting out
the "swap" described in the poem with coin manipulatives
and comparing the amounts.
- Ask students
to find out how much money the boy in the poem loses after
each transaction. (For example: "And just 'cause he
can't see...He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,...And
four is more than three!" The boy lost 10 cents.)
- Students respond
in writing to the prompt: "Did the boy in the poem
get a good deal?"
- Students write
and explanation as to how the boy in the poem lost money.