In the life skills classroom, we are helping students to build independence and prepare for the future. Working with money is a life skill that ALL people use throughout their lives! Therefore, it is essential that we prepare our students to handle money! Money can also be used to reinforce lots of math skills like adding, subtracting, and skip counting. In this post, I will share 10 IEP goals for money that you can use with your students! And, you can also check out Nina’s post if you are looking for other IEP goals for life skills!
Please note, the goals I have recorded here do not include information about number of trials or due dates. That information will vary from student to student. Read Michelle’s post for more info about writing SMART goals for your IEPs!
The first step in working with money is to identify types of currency and their values. I love using the Simple Math: Coins Workbook to help my students learn to identify the different coins. After students master these skills, they will be ready to tackle a myriad of money-related scenarios!
Given a collection of coins, STUDENT will identify each type of coin (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter).
STUDENT will identify bills up to the $100 bill.
When shown a coin, STUDENT will state the value of the given coin.
STUDENT will state the value of a given bill.
Once students have mastered identifying currency types and their values, they are ready to move on to the next skill: counting! Counting currency of the same denomination helps students hone their skip counting skills. Additionally, counting mixed groups of coins and bills helps students practice addition and mental math. The Money Task Box Set is a great way to work on these skills! Some examples of IEP goals for money are below.
When given a set of coins, STUDENT will be able to count coins up to $1, using only one type of coin per trial.
Given a set of coins, STUDENT will be able to count coins up to $1, using mixed coin combinations.
When given a collection of bills, STUDENT will determine the dollar amount.
After counting different groups of money, students can start to tackle the life skill of making purchases! The Dollar Up Diner resource is a great tool to help students practice identifying prices and making purchases! So, check out these examples of goals for making purchases:
When shown a price, STUDENT will use the dollar up method to determine the number of dollars needed to make a purchase.
Presented with a price, STUDENT will count the exact amount of bills and dollars needed to make a purchase.
When presented with an item for sale, STUDENT will be able to determine whether they have enough money to purchase the item.
What other money-related goals have you used in your students’ IEPs? Share your ideas below!