Lesson Plan

How Many Ways?

Children extend their investigation of the previous day to include nickels. They estimate the value of collections of pennies, nickels and dimes then determine the exact amount by exchanging sets of pennies or nickels for dimes.

Students will be able to...

  • Identify and state the value of a nickel 
  • Estimate the value of a collection of pennies, nickels and dimes
  • Find the value of a collection of pennies, nickels and dimes
  • Construct sets of coins which have a given value
Grades K – 1
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Assessing
  • Have a brief disscussion with the students about pennies and what we learned about them in yesterdays lesson 
  • Distribute plastic bags containing 24 pennies, 3 nickels and 3 dimes to each child.
  • Next hold up a nickel and ask the children to find a nickel in their bag.
  • As they describe the nickel record their descriptions on chart paper.

2 Direct Instruction

To set the stage for this lesson, I will show the students the BrainPOP Jr. "Dollar and Cents" video which will review the coins and their values with the children. After the video, I will ask the children to place a piece of paper over a nickel and to rub the paper with a crayon to make impressions of both sides of the coin. I will have them record the coin’s value in both words (5 cents) and using cent sign notation. Then I will ask the children what similarities and differences they notice about the three coins they have studied. I will add the word “nickel” to the word wall. 

3 Guided Practice

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

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Exploring

Next I will give each child a copy of the Ten Frame activity sheet and model trading pennies for nickels and nickels for dimes.  I will model trading pennies for nickels by placing 1 penny in each cell of the top row of the ten frame, and when the row is full, exchanging the 5 pennies for 1 nickel. I will then repeat with the bottom row. The students will then work independently to practice this with different problems that are written on the board.  The students will write down their answers.  

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Creating

At the end of the lesson, the children will choose two of the rows from their chart and draw a picture illustrating two different ways to make an amount. They may wish to display these on the classroom bulletin board and to add them to their portfolio.