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Teaching money is a lot of fun because there are so many money games for kids and, best of all, kids are so excited to learn how to count coins and make change so engagement is at an all-time high.
First things first, you want to teach them the actual coins.
I think a really easy way to do this is to give students coin manipulatives and introduce each one.
Have them each pick up a penny and have them examine it, look at the front and back, and tell them it is worth 1 cent.
Walk around to make sure each student is holding the right coin.
Ask them what they notice about it.
Do this for each coin until you've talked about each coin.
You could also make this an independent center or do it in small groups.
I also like to add posters to the math wall so they can reference them when they need help.
They can practice distinguishing between coins with cut and paste work where they color the coin and then sort it into the correct box.
Coloring it the correct color, copper brown crayon is fine or silver, will also help them internalize the difference so I recommend starting with the sorts that have a penny.
Each one comes in FRONTS only so they just have to recognize it by the front of the coin and also a fronts and backs version where they're sorting the same coin no matter what side is showing.
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As you know, I'm just a big fan of cutting and pasting activities because it has the hands-on sort component without all the prep and kids really have to think about where they place things because they see glue as so permanent.
Another super fun way to practice coin identification is to use MAZES!
For these students are looking for a certain coin in this example, a penny and they color their way to the end of the maze!
Instead of coloring, you could have them use coin manipulatives to cover up the coin they're looking for to complete the maze.
Any time you can make learning hands on and tactile, that's a plus!
Dice is just the best.
It makes any concept seem like a game.
I made coin dice so students can roll and cover the coin they rolled.
As you can see, they are simply rolling the dice and coloring in that coin.
It's a great center they can play by themselves OR play with a partner.
To money have fun teaching with a partner, they each need their own mat.
Then, they each take turns rolling the dice and coloring in that coin on their mat.
If there aren't any left of that coin, they don't color anything in and it's their partner's turn.
Whoever can color in their entire mat first wins.
I also made BACKS versions of the mats so you can have them roll the FRONTS dice but have to figure out which BACK it is to color it in.
I also made a BACKS dice so you could have them roll the BACKS dice and match it to the FRONT on their mat.
You can also have them do the BACKS dice and BACKS mat for easy matching that way.
If you notice above, you can also use coins to cover the coin you just rolled instead of coloring it.
This is nice because it is tactile for students and makes the mats reusable over and over.
I really don't think you can have too many centers and practice.
The more kids do themselves and presented in different ways, the more they absorb.
This is a simple match center.
They can match just the front of the coin and the name if you want to keep it simple.
You can add in the backs too or the value.
I also included little blank squares so you can write in any other coin facts who's on the coin, etc.
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I try to differentiate absolutely everything but keep it looking somewhat the same so it's not obvious but everyone gets what they need.
Give students a little bucket of coins and some sort money have fun teaching scoop like a small measuring cup that will allow them to get 3-6 of each coin so they can scoop, sort their coins, then color in the bar graph to show their scoop.
They can do it twice or 4 times if you copy the recording sheet back to back.
This is a great way to integrate some graphing practice in as well!
I also made a data analysis sheet for students up for the challenge to answer questions about their graph.
To make it even more challenging for your really high kids, you can copy it front to back so they analyze both grabs.
I think it's so important to integrate concepts any time you can to build those connections which brings me to.
Your students most likely practice skip counting during calendar or morning meeting so hopefully they can count by 5s and 10s because that will SO come in handy when adding like coins like nickels and dimes.
I recommend pulling them into small groups and using coin manipulatives to have them practice counting pennies, nickels, and dimes by 1s, 5s, and 10s.
Give them a pile of pennies and have them count as a group 1, 2, 3, 4.
Then do the same thing with a pile of nickels and count 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.
Then do the same with dimes and counting by 10.
This can be really difficult for some kids but if they already can skip count and are seeing that each coin is worth that much by physically moving it, it'll help a ton!
So those of you who know me know that I provide 3 levels of every worksheet in my math units - level B is on level and should check this out appropriate for most of your students, level A is for those who need a little extra help or less overwhelming work, and level C is for those students who crave a challenge.
Above shows 3 levels of the same worksheet.
Level A blue dimes has less coins on the page, they're bigger, and the amounts are smaller for them to color in that amount in dimes.
Level B green dimes has more dimes and bigger amounts.
Level C they write in the amount themselves.
Encourage them to count by 10s as they color in each dime.
They can even write counting by 10s above the coin for extra support money have bight better my that helps them, like I showed in the Level C example.
Here are the pennies.
I really recommend A LOT of practice with adding like coins only adding pennies before you start having them add mixed coins.
If they can really master adding like coins, it'll make it much easier.
I wanted to provide a ton of practice so I made this adding like coins center where they grab a card, add it up, and write the amount in cents on their recording sheet.
There are 9 cards in a set labeled A-I and I also made a recording sheet to write them all down, as well as an easier recording sheet with letters A-F if you want to give struggling students only 6 cards to do at a time.
I made a full A-I set for every coin pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters so there are 4 different centers.
I definitely recommend doing all 4 of the centers separately, on different days to get all that practice in.
This, I think, is really important.
Then dimes, then quarters.
If you have them doing them all right away, you'll confuse them.
When you first introduce the concept, you can show them how different coins have different values and how you'll be learning all of them but I would practice just one at a time, each until mastery.
Once you're done practicing all 4 of the coins, these also make a good review center.
Mix and match them to make a bunch of different review centers.
Just make sure you only have one card for each letter A-I or A-F with the easier recording sheet and it's an instant review math station.
Another fun way to practice adding like coins is with cut and pastes.
They color all the pennies then glue them into the boxes to make each amount.
I made them for each coin but, again, I recommend focusing on adding 1 type of coin at a time.
I know a lot of people only teach counting coins up to a dollar but I include quarters too to challenge the kids who are ready.
Plus learning about quarters can be really helpful as a meaningful connection when you start learning about fourths in fractions.
Once they're mastering skip counting with coins, these coin sheets are a great review worksheet or mini assessment to see how they're doing.
They write how much the coin is worth, color in the ones they see, and then show that they can add the like coins together by coloring them in.
Like I said, it's a good assessment and so are the other worksheets you can kind of peek at in this picture.
For the Rolling Coins center, I recommend using the dice without a quarter unless you want to really challenge them.
Give them the coin dice and they roll it alongside a regular dice.
The coin dice will tell them which coin and the regular dice will tell them how many of the coin they take.
I recommend having real coin manipulatives for them to take once they roll it.
Then draw what they see in the box - D is for dime - and then total it.
They'll play this game again once you start adding mixed coins by rolling twice or three times if you really want to challenge them.
It'd money have fun teaching the same thing but they roll twice to get 2 different sets of coins to add.
So, as you can see, their first roll was a 3 and a nickel and then a 2 and a dime which made N N N D D and totaled 35 cents.
Don't move on to adding mixed coins until they completely master adding like coins but, once they do, this skill is fun!
For this center, each kid playing gets a piggy bank mat.
You laminate the mats so that they can write their amount in the corner with a dry erase marker.
Each kid takes a turn rolling the coin dice.
They take that one coin and place it on their piggy bank mat and write how much they have in their piggy bank.
For example, if they rolled a dime, they'd put a dime coin in their pig and write 10 cents.
On their next turn, they roll a nickel.
So they add a nickel to their mat, erase the 10 cents, and write 15 cents.
Every single turn they are adding coins so it is A LOT of practice.
I recommend playing until someone reaches a dollar or you can differentiate easily by telling them they're racing to another amount like 50 cents.
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I also made a bunch of worksheets to practice.
Normally I recommend giving kids different worksheets to differentiate but I think for this concept, everyone should start at Level A which only practices mixing 2 coins at once and not very many of them.
For some kids, this will be a struggle to start skip counting a different way when they get to a different coin.
A lot of them will keep skip counting by 10s even when it switches to pennies.
It just takes practice.
It might help to also give them coin manipulatives to use on the side as they do this.
Something about seeing the real coin helps.
You can also have them write 10 above the dimes and 1 above the pennies if that helps them.
Level B also only practices 2 coins at once but has more coins for each problem.
Once they master the A worksheets, move on to the level Bs.
There are a lot of different worksheets so you could have students move at their own pace as well.
Once they can do the Level B worksheets, Level C has mixes of any amount of coins and are any of the coins put together.
I do put them in value order always because I think that's an important lesson to teach is to put the coins in value order before they start counting them up.
For example, if they have 4 pennies, 1 quarter, and 2 nickels.
They'd put the quarter first, then the nickels, then the pennies before they started counting them.
It just makes it so much easier!
I also think they should be able to pick coins to make amounts like this to sort of flip flop the skill.
This one takes it a step further for more of a challenge and they have to draw their own coins to show how they made the amount.
I highly recommend giving them coin manipulatives to build the amount first like I'm showing here.
Once they find how to make the amount with the coins they have, they can draw it in the box like so.
I also bring back the Adding Coins center again but this time with mixed coin cards!
It's always nice to have familiar centers for a new, harder skill so they're comfortable with how to do it and can just focus on the math part of it.
These are a format they're already used to but with a bit of a harder skill mixed coins rather than like coins : They have to do it with the least amount of coins or there won't be enough to build the rest of the numbers.
So they cut out the coins at the bottom and build the number.
A good way to teach them is to sort their coins by value and use as many of the biggest value coins as they can before they have to switch to the next value down for example, use quarters to make the number as high as possible without going over until they need to switch to dimes or nickels.
Like I said, this is a super challenge.
As you know from my post, I care a lot about challenging the high kids and not just sending them off to do something else when they're done so this is a perfect thing for your super high kids to do while the other kids are learning.
Other great challenges for your high kids are comparing the values of sets of coins.
This is a great skill for any of your kids but it can be challenging.
You can have them determine which set of coins has a greater value using the greater than, less than, or equal to symbols which is a great way to integrate and practice that skill!
You can also use the "Adding Coins" center cards to practice this skill in small groups or centers too.
Have students take a stack of those cards mix up the 'like coins' and 'mixed coins' for a big stack and play War with them.
To play War, they flip all the cards upside down and each grab one from the pile - whoever has the biggest amount on their card keeps click at this page cards - and they continue to do this until the pile is empty.
Whoever has the most cards when the pile is empty wins!
You can also have them take 2 sets of the same coin to see which is greater.
This is a concrete way for them to see that you can have more coins but have you won money on draftkings value depending on what coins they are.
For example, you have 8 pennies so you have more coins technically but the value is less than 3 nickels.
Have them pick those amounts out in coin manipulatives to count and compare them before they decide which is bigger.
I think their ability to solve money word problems is the most important part of all of this because it's what they'll encounter in real life.
Once they match the 3 parts, they write the sum in the circle that has the same letter as the one on the corner of the word problem card.
Is it weird that I like word problems??
Oh well, I never claimed to be normal.
I get so frustrated and so do students by word problems with hard to decode words.
Like, did Beatrice really need to take 7 hot air balloon rides and 3 catamaran excursions in Paris.
I always make 3 versions same difficulty, different problems so there are 3 money assessments: Phew!
I hope that helps you with some fun ways to use this unit or to teach money to your littles!
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