Lesson Plan

Money & Coins

Students will identify and add coins
Lisa B.
Classroom teacher
Alexander Valley School
Healdsburg, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to identify coins and use them to add.

Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.

Grades 2
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1 Hook

Start off the lesson assessing prior knowledge of coins and thier values. Use Virtual Manipulatives to review coin value and what they look like. There is also a song to help them remember that you can use. . .

Penny, penny, easy spent,
Copper brown and worth one cent.

Nickel, nickel, thick and fat,
You’re worth 5. I know that.

Dime, dime, little and thin,
I remember—you’re worth 10.

Quarter, quarter, big and bold,
You’re worth 25, I am told.


2 Direct & Guided Instruction

Activity: Exploring

Make money real! The best part of teaching money is that students can easily see the connection to the real world applications. Find hand on things in the classroom for the students to buy with play money. Lower students can just buy one item and more advanced students can add up the price of multiple items to buy. Start off with doing the examples by yourself and then with small groups.

3 Independent Practice

Free, Paid

This a great website for extra independent practice. You can create 3 different assignments for 1. Identifying Money and Calculating Cents, 2. Comparing Cents, and 3. Word Problems and Money. It has extra videos to watch and can read the questions out loud. If students finish early, they can go to 'Jam Session' to work on other skills.


4 Wrap Up/Extension

Students can use Animoto or the regular camera video to record them identifying the coins. They can create and then solve their own word problems.