I was privileged to get to sit in on a couple of Julie Torkelson's workshops this summer at the K-Crew Summer. She has some great tools for working with money and using songs to get the amount across.
I've created a couple of Candy Store Clerk aprons that will hold the candy and money pictured above. Here's how to work it:
Choose one child to be the “Candy Store Clerk”. As you sing the song, this is the child that hands out the nickels. Pass the M & Ms out to six children. Begin singing the song.
When you input a child’s name into the line that says “Along came a (child’s name) with a nickel one day, the Candy Store Clerk gives the nickel to that child. That child then has to listen carefully to the color of M & M they need to “buy” or take. This child now holds both the coin and the M & M until all the candy pieces are purchased and the song ends. At the end of the song, the Candy Store Clerk has to pick up all the candy and coin pieces. As they pick them up, the class counts the coin amount.
Be sure to visit Julie's store: Katie and Company
She works with Shari Sloane and has a lot of manipulatives and felt stories to go with Shari's stories.