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Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
by Judith Viorst
Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunda
Alexander's grandparents gave him a dollar. He wants to save it to buy walkie-talkies, but it is harder then he thinks.
Resources for Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

Will Alexander save or spend the dollar his grandparents gave him?

Math Connections:

Coin values                  Counting money

Saving money              Adding and subtracting money 


Activities to do Together: 

  • Learn to identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.

  • Compare different coins - How are they alike? How are they different?

  • Learn the values of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.

  • Practice counting money.

  • Find combinations of coins that are equal to a dime and a quarter.

  • Find several ways to make a dollar using different combinations of coins.


Extension Questions: 

  1. Why do you think it was so hard for Alexander to save money to buy walkie talkies? 

  2. Alexander bought things, lost money, and paid fines with the money his grandparents gave him. What did he spend the most money on? 

  3. Is there something you want to save money to buy? If so, what is your strategy for doing it? 

  4. What do you think are good ways for children to earn and save money? What advice would you give to Alexander if he asked for your opinion?


Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

       dime, dollar, nickel, penny, quarter