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I brought some play money with me to China, not sure what I was going to do with it. I decided to use it with my unruly freshmen boys. I have a large class, so it was a little hectic, but I think they enjoyed it. (They all wanted to keep the "money"!)

Level: Any
Class size: Any

Divide the class into proportionate groups. In each group there will be a "Banker" who controls the money and reads from a list of questions.

The questions correspond to the different denominations of money.
($1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100) $1.00 questions are the easiest and $100.00 questions are the hardest. You can make up your own questions appropriate for the students' level (5 or 6 questions for each denomination is enough). Type out this list and give a copy to each banker.

The banker will go around the group asking each person, "How much would you like to take out today sir/ma'am?"

The student chooses $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, or $100 and the banker reads a question from the category the student chose. If the banker thinks the answer is satisfactory, he/she gives the money to that student. If the banker is not satisfied with the answer, he/she will say, "I'm sorry, you don't have enough in your account". The banker continues going around to the members in the group until the teacher says, "SWITCH BANKERS!"

The students in the group write down the amount they have and give all their money to the new banker, who continues asking the questions. Try to switch bankers often enough so everyone has a chance to be the banker. Students can keep track and see who has the most money at the end of the game.

I always have trouble getting my freshmen boys to actually speak, but this seemed to work!

Nanchang, China

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