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# Common Cents

## Should the U.S. get rid of the penny?

Should the U.S. get rid of the penny? Each year the United States Mint spends more money producing pennies than the pennies are worth. Confronted with a similar issue, other countries have decided to get rid of their 1-cent coins altogether.

In this lesson, students operate with decimals to calculate the total costs to produce different U.S. coins. Students debate eliminating the penny and then consider a world with no physical money at all.

### REAL WORLD TAKEAWAYS

• Money costs money to make. The penny cost more than \$0.01 to make.
• Money has the value that a society agrees that it has, which can change.

### MATH OBJECTIVES

• Add, subtract, and multiply positive and negative numbers to answer real-world questions
• Operate fluently with decimals in a real-world context

Appropriate most times as students are developing conceptual understanding.