Lesson Plan

Counting Coins

An introduction to different coin types and how to count them.
Caitlin M.
Academic Technology Specialist
Harpeth Hall School
Nashville, TN
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages

Students will be able to identify penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.

Students will be able to count different combinations of coins.

Grades Pre-K - 1
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Give each student a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Ask students what they observe about each coin. Ask students to describe how they think the coins are the same or different.

2 Direct Instruction

Show students the BrainPOP Jr. "Dollars and Cents" video. Introduce each coin by name and value (penny = one cent, nickel = five cents, dime = ten cents, quarter = twenty-five cents) and how many each coin is worth of the other coins (quarter= five nickels, twenty-five pennies, dime= two nickels, ten pennies, nickel= five pennies). 

3 Guided Practice

Use a projector or interactive white board to display the app 'K-12 Money'. Model the app including "Counting Money" and "Show Me the Money" sections. Have students practice answering questions in both sections of the app as a whole class.

4 Independent Practice

Have students work independently on the app 'K-12 Money' in the "Counting Money" and "Show Me the Money" sections. Work one-on-one or in small groups with students for additional support as needed.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Creating

Have students make coin rubbings with the front and back of each type of coin. Then have students write the name of each coin and how many cents it equals next to the rubbings. If students are unable to write coin names and values, this step can be done with assistance from the teacher.