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Grades 6-8 "Dollar Names" in Math

Grades 6-8 "Dollar Names" in Math

In honor of the 100th day of school, 2nd Graders usually search for words worth exactly 100 cents, which is equivalent to $1.00. The 6th-8th Grades Cohort decided to recreate the experience.

An alphabet substitution cipher was used to calculate the value of names, and the students were extremely competitive! "How close can you get to 100?", "What is the highest value name?", "Lowest point value?"

Students calculated the value of their names using the examples below.

Examples: Nancy J. Seeds: 14 + 1 + 14 + 3 + 25 + 10 + 19 + 5 + 5 + 4 + 19 = 50 + 69  or  119

Nance J. Seeds: 14 + 1 + 14 + 3 + 5 + 10 + 19 + 5 + 5 + 4 + 19 = 30 + 69   or   99

Some 8th Graders used all the names of the people in their family and arrived at totals exceeding 1,000! Other students were creative in their choice of name forms, trying hard to hit that 100 mark!!

This was a lively, fun, and engaging activity to mark what is always a gratifying milestone of the year...ONE HUNDRED DAYS!