Lesson Plan

Counting Money

An introduction to coin recognition and coin counting
Amy B.
Classroom teacher
South Park Elementary Center
South Park, PA
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My Grades 4

Students will be able to...

Recognize a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny. 

State the value of each coin.

Create coin combinations to equal a certain value.

Grades 1 - 2
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1 Hook

Activity: Reading

The Coin counting Book grabs students' attention by introducing the coins and their values in an interesting way.  The book rhymes and is interactive.  It helps the teacher assess what students already know about money and what they need to learn.

2 Direct Instruction

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Teacher presentation of  the the coins and their values through the "Learning Coins" game on Abcya.com.  Begin by introducting the coins on the smartboard using this game.  It will explain their values, who is on each coin, and how many of that particular coin it takes to make $1.00.  There is a sorting game at the end that can be done on the smartboard as a whole class. 

The teacher can also play and discuss the video Rock N Learn: Money & Making Change to teach coin values and coin combinations.

3 Guided Practice

Students will work in small groups using the Bugs and Numbers app to put the correct amount of coins in the machine.  They will play the game "The Claw" and drag the appropriate amount of coins to get their toy out of the machine.

4 Independent Practice

Students will work indepently on adding coins together and also placing the correct amount in the piggy bank. 

If you do not have access to iPads, use the Counting Coins game on Abcya.com in a computer lab. There are several games students can play after the introductory lesson.  They have opportunities to Make 100 cents and then there are another three levels of counting money activities students can play.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Students will play the game I Have, Who Has? http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Money-I-Have-Who-Has-Game-549035with coin cards.