How Much Change Is In Your Pocket?

A WebQuest for 2nd Grade Math

Designed by

Julie Soisson


Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits


You are old enough to be a consumer- to buy products with your own money! You have been begging to get the newest, trendiest item, but your parents will not buy it for you. Instead, they give you a list of chores you may do with the amount of money they will give you for doing each. You begin to save your money for that very special item!. How will you know if you earned money though? As you work your way through this project, you will need to decide what you are working to buy, figure out what chores you need to do, count your money, and hopefully have enough to make your special purchase at the end! By the end, you will understand the concept of money and be an active consumer in the economy!

The Task

In this WebQuest, you will first set your sights on an item that you would really like to purchase. Then, you will have to persuade your parents that you should have the opportunity to buy this item through a persuasive letter. When you have done this, you will be handed a list of chores with pay amounts. You have to decide which chores you need to do in order to buy the item with only the money have earned and counted. Once you have "bought" the item, you will make a poster to present to the class including your persuasive letter, what chores you did, how much money you earned, and how you felt when you were finally able to buy that special item you worked so hard for!

The Process

1. Visit this website as a refresher of counting coins and their value. 

2. You just practiced adding change, so now go here to practice giving customers change before you become the customer yourself!

3. Now you get to choose what you are going to work towards! Open this document to see your options.

Flyer 1

4. You have chosen your special item, but your parents won't buy it for you! You need to persuade them and tell them how much you want this product! Write them a short letter with your reasons why you should be able to buy it. Don't forget to use proper letter format!

5. They still wouldn't buy it for you. BUT they did give you a list of chores you can do to earn enough money to buy it yourself. Here are the chores you can do:

Household Chores



Unload the Dishwasher


Reload the Dishwasher


Feed the Dog for 1 Week


Wash the Car


Take the Garbage Out


Vacuum the House


Dust the House


6. Go back to step 3 to find the price of the item you are looking to buy. Now look at the chore and payment list. Which chores will you choose to do to earn enough money? Set this up like an addition problem on your paper. Make sure your total is equal to or more than the price of your item! If you will receive change back, please make sure to write how much.

7. Bring your work up to me, and if it is correct, I will give you permission to purchase your special item!

8. Congratulations! You have worked so hard to earn the money to buy something you really wanted! Now it is your turn to share your work with your class. Make a poster including...
  • The letter your wrote to your parents
  • The list of chores you did
  • The math you had to do to make sure you had enough money
  • A picture of the item
  • A short paragraph about how you felt when your hard work paid off!


You will be graded on how creative your poster board was, if it included all of the information asked for, and if you added up your change correctly to be able to purchase your item. 






Poster creativity and inclusion of all needed information.


Poster is not pleasing to the eye and is missing one or more pieces. 
Poster is not very eye-catching, and one part is done incorrectly. 
Poster is creative but is either overwhelming or not enough intriguing aspects. All information is included.
Poster is eye-catching (uses colors, neat, typed information) and includes all necessary information.

Math Correct



 The prices are not correct from the beginning step.
The numbers for each part are correct, but the total is incorrect and work is not shown.
The numbers and total are correct, but no work is shown.
All math for adding up change is done correctly and the work is shown neatly.


You are now an active consumer in our economy! You not only refreshed your mind on how to recognize, add, and subtract coins, but you also used it in a real-life scenario to buy something you really wanted. These are skills you will use in the real world. Next time you are at the grocery store with your parents, help them add up the total and take a look at how much the items they buy cost!

Credits & References

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Last updated on February 14, 2014.