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    coin craziness!
    By Joanne

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    Colleen, I started my money unit last week. I incorporate money from the beginning of the year when we doing counting the days of the week. I figured this unit would be a breeze. I WAS WRONG!!!
    What has worked for me in the passed is having the children bring in real money(20 pennies, 10 dinmes, 5 nickles, and 2 quarters). We try to use their money everyday. We make of number stories about money. With their money they count out handfuls and work with partners. We also play the PENNY/NICKEL EXCHANGE GAME. To play you need to make a bank of 40 pennies and 8 nickles. Players take turns rolling the die and collecting pennies from the bank. As players aquire 5 or more pennies, they say "EXCHANGE" and turn in 5 pennies for a nickel. The game ends when the bank is empty.
    I believe this is a very difficult concept for first graders to learn; especially when counting all the coins together. I get the blank looks and many leave still not knowing what I would like them to!
    Hope the game will help!

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