Lesson Plan


All About Coins - Penny to Quarter
Jill D.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

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

Students will be able to connect the relative value to each coin. 

Students will be able to count and add different amounts of money. 

Grades 1 – 2
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1 The Hook

Activity: Conversing

The students will join in a discussion about money.  The students are invited to share knowledge that they may already know about money. (This is for the teacher to get an understanding of what the students may or may not know.) Next, the students will listen to a few stories about money.  

Recommended titles: 

Jenny Found A Penny, The History Of Money, The Coin Counting Book 


2 Direct Instruction

Each student will have a small bag which will contain 4 plastic coins.  While the teacher shows a pre-made presentation using Tellagami, which will explain about each coin - the color, the shape and size, the value, etc. Students will be about to pick out the coin that is being disucssed from their bag and observe it while learning about the different coins.  This part of the lesson will include the main portion of the learning material.  Another app that can be used during this time would be an Educreation.  

3 Guided Practice

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Students will have an opportunity to work alone and in groups on the iPads.  While on the iPads students can use a variety of applications and educational websites to practice recgonizing and counting bundles of coins.  This step will allow students to practice and master the skills that involve coins and counting coins.  

4 Independent Practice

The teacher will now instruct each student to work individually to create a Glogster.  They can either focus on one specific coin or a collection of coins.  This is provide the students with an opportunity to showcase their mastery on the topic of money and counting coins.  Each glogster should be full of information and photos.  

5 Wrap-Up

During the Wrap-Up section of the lesson, each student will be responsible for presenting their Glogster to the class. They will take about what they put on their Glogster and why.  After the presentations are completed, the students will have time to navigate BrainPOP Jr. and play some of the games to include money.