Dollar Words and the Numerical Value of Famous Quotes (10-13 thru 10-17)


What are Dollar Words? Assign a cent value to each letter. So, let a = 1 cent, b = 2 cents, c = 3 cents, and so on up to z = 26 cents. For any word, add up the cent values of its letters. If they sum up to $1, it's a $1 word. You may want to verify that "maximize" and "reciprocal" are $1 words.


Use the attached file worksheet to come up with as many dollar words as you can.  You will get a Mathlete Dollar for each word you come up with and show me the work.  The second file is a list of many known Dollar Words.  What is important?

  • write the letters of you word large and spread out wide on the page
  • write the value of each letter below separated by plus signs
  • start by adding up the tens only and put the number aside
  • next, circle all of your ones and being to find friendly numbers that sum to 10 or 20.
  • finally, add up all of the ones and add them to the tens
  • try to use prefixes and suffixes like "ing" "s" "ed" and others to build strategies for finding Dollar Words.
I do this challenge with own children who are given a US$1 for each original dollar word they find.  They just found 4 more on the car ride to Patriots Place for dinner.  Of course, this is your decision, but it is a great motivator for your kids.
If you have exhausted this challenge and you want more, keep reading.



FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF ALBERT EINSTEIN'S QUOTES WAS, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." 





The younger children should try to come up with dollar words and the 4th graders and above should try to value the famous quotes as well as search for dollar words.

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