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Bunny Money Lesson for Grades K-1

In this lesson, students listen to the story of Ruby and Max, two bunnies that go shopping and make many spending decisions. They are introduced to short-term and long-term savings goals to help them save for the goods they want in the future. After a goal-sorting activity, students choose and illustrate their own savings goal.

•  Lesson (pdf)

•  Google Classroom

•  Whiteboard (SMART/notebook)

•  Whiteboard (ActivInspire/flipchart)

•  Supplemental Math Activity

•  Q&A (pdf)

Parents: Learn more about the Q&A using Bunny Money.

This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades K and 1.

Book written by Rosemary Wells / ISBN: 978-0-14-056750-2. This book is in print and available.

Common Core

Grades 1 and 2 English Language Arts Standards--Reading: Literature

  • Key Ideas and Details
    • RL.1.1, RL.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
    • RL.1.3, RL.2.3. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
    • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
      • RL.1.7, RL.2.7. Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Grades 1 and 2 English Language Arts Standards--Speaking and Listening
  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • SL.1.2, SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Grades 1 and 2 Mathematics & Algebraic Thinking

  • Add and subtract within 20.
    • 1.OA.2, 2.OA.2. Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
    • 1.OA.4.Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8. Add and subtract within 20.

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Audience:   Elementary School
Language:   English
Subjects:   Literature, Personal Finance, Economics
Resource Types:   Lessons, SMART/Promethean/Whiteboard
Concepts:   Spending, Saving, Factors of Production/Productive Resources