I love, love, love when I can situate my math lessons in real-world contexts. Teaching financial literacy is such a great way to make math tangible and engaging. Unfortunately, I’ve found that it can be a bit difficult to find Canadian money worksheets for grade 5 or even upper elementary in general; they tend to skew younger. These financial literacy worksheets are perfect for big kids.

Elapsed Time and Canadian Money Word Problems Worksheets

I love a good story, so it shouldn’t be surprising that I adore math stories! This math story combines elapsed time and financial literacy. It follows a boy named Matteo who goes on a shopping trip and hosts a charity bake sale with his friends. The Canadian money word problems that make up the story require kids to subtract amounts, make change, and calculate the passage of time.

A Canadian money math worksheet where students track a boy's spending throughout the day and solve money and elapsed time math problems. The top of the page features a chart that shows what he has spent, students fill in blanks throughout. The bottom of the page features clip art of Canadian coins and bills.

Party Planning Budgeting Assignment

Another contextualized math activity that my students always love is this party planning math assignment. To complete this assignment, students pick from a variety of party options, create a schedule, and plan a party while staying on-budget. For a writing connection, print the last page and have them describe their ideal party. To be inclusive, I intentionally avoided the word “birthday” because not all students celebrate birthdays. Students are told to imaging they have won a Dream Party contest, so they’re throwing a party just because!

Yellow paper with the Canadian Money party planning assignment printed on it. Two cupcake cut outs are beside the math money worksheets

Rounding Canadian Money Math Worksheets

Now, as an adult, I never carry cash and I take full advantage of my credit cards’ points programs. However, I recognize that kids don’t have credit cards, so they’re going to need to know how to round monetary amounts to the nearest coin or bill. This is something a lot of them really struggle with. Explicitly teaching kids how to round money is super important, because it’s not totally obvious to them. Especially if they’ve got the ‘magic five’ rule stuck in their heads! Making time to teach this skill using these Rounding to the Nearest 5¢ worksheets really helps!

Canadian money math worksheets where students practice rounding money to the nearest coin. The top has pictures of clothing with prices that students need to round. The bottom shows money in a 'wallet' box and asks students to say which items they could buy with the money in their wallet.

And for fun…

I also have some Canadian money games and discussion prompts that I really love, but I’ll save those for another post. In the meantime, if you’re looking to grab any of these resources, you can find them in this section of my TPT store or clink any of the pictures or links above. They are also available as part of my Canadian Money Growing Bundle for Financial Literacy.

Happy teaching!

Text reads - Canadian Money Worksheets in the top right corner. Four Canadian money worksheets are collaged below.