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Counting money can be a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Here's several ideas to consider when teaching your students how to count money.
Counting Coins (long)
Posted by:Amanda K. #56361

The very best way I have of teaching coin counting is to start the first day of school and do it every day. I can't recommend this enough, I'm telling you! The problem with counting coins is that the kids have to be able to count by tens, and then switch to fives, etc. So many of them have problems with that, but if you are modeling it every single day from day one, more of them pick up on it. It's just a matter of seeing it every day.

My trick is, I do a coin segment during calendar beginning with the first day of school. What I do is I show the kids how to make the day's date in coins. I have a wooden board with rows of clear slats on it so I can drop coins in and the kids can see what coins are there. So, if the first day of school is August 8, we make 8 in...

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counting money
Posted by:Julianne #10766

I'm teaching my first graders this skill right now. Three things that have helped are:

1. We made a set of charts using interactive writing. Each has a large coin taped to it. They say "This is a penny. It is worth one cent. We count pennies by ones." Ditto for a dime and a nickel. We refer to these charts often.

2. I remind them each time we count money to start with the most valuable coin first. Because our curriculum requires us to only go up to a dime, we call it a dynamite dime - because it's worth so much more than a nickel.

3. I made a set of baggies with different groups of coins. I have the students count each group right through the bag with myself or another helper. Counting real coins is more fun. At the end of the unit those that...

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Posted by:Jennifer #93370

To assist students with coin recognition I play the "Sock Game". This is how you play:
-Begin by reviewing coins and having kids describe each coin in detail.
-Put one of each coin in a sock.
-Have kids partner up.
-One student reaches in and gets one coin out of the sock. THe student must say to his/her partner, "I have a ____, it is worth____ cents".
-Then the student puts the coin back in the sock.
-THe partner then has to try to find the coin just by feeling the peeking.
- If the student retrieves the correct coin he/she gets a cube.
-THe student with the most cubes wins.

*I begin by having this be a lesson, for the rest of the unit the students play as a warm-up.

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coin craziness!
Posted by:Joanne #10770

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...

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Posted by:robin #30524

Dear Jane,
For the past few years, I have culminated our money unit with a Yard Sale. The children are given a notice to bring home soliciting "Treasures" to be "sole" at our class yard sale. The tables are set up with tape dividing them into sections. Each section has a price category. This year I hadtwo price categories per group of items. One category had all prices ending in 5 or 0 for students who have difficulty with adding three or more columns of numbers without skip counting etc..
On the day of the sale, each student is given a sheet with four lines to write down the amount of their purchases. They are given a clipboard and a bag to put their purchases in as well. They are also given a bag of play coins and bills to use to compute their purchases. They must add up...

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First Graders and Money
Posted by:Darci #88729

I try to mix all sorts of activities before, during, after my money unit. Here goes my attempt to help......
During Math Meeting: Each student has a clipboard with a stack of papers on it that we work through together each morning. (Do not start this at the beginning of the year.)
Together we fill in their paper calendars with the Student of the Day and also mark with stars any special occassion (birthdays, holidays, etc)
The next page is a weather graph....also done with the Student of the Day.
The third page is one that has lines like this,
1)_____, ______, _____, ______etc...(fill the pg and number each line) I start out the number pattern and then the class helps me finish it.
The next page is a blank 100 square graph. Each day, together, we fill in a line of...

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Posted by:Aleesha #33828

I just finished a money unit and I made up "wallets" for each student (ziplock bags with a piece of tag inside with some coins glued to it...well not actual coins but pics of coins) and each student had to count the money in their wallet, record that, then trade wallets with a class mate, and then count their class mate's, etc...the kids had great fun with the wallets and were getting quite proficient at counting out the coins. Next time, I think I would have them practice recording in different ways too...with the cent sign and with the decimal and dollar sign too.

We also played store...the kids "bought" items in the classroom that we had priced. With my grade twos, I had them pick two items to buy, add them together and pay for the total...with the grade ones, we paid for...

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grocery store idea
Posted by:Vanessa Crawford #22459

Hi CS,

I just finsihed a unit on money before easer with my grade one class. I sent a note home to my parents asking for any boxes, containers etc. I used small tables, shelves and these storage containers that I purchased (they are cubes that you build, they are metal and can link together-pretty inexpensive) anyway, I organized all of the food into different sections, dairy products, meat, snack foods, frozen foods, etc, just as you would find it in a store. When it cam time to play "store" it was very structured. I have 20 kids in my class and each day each child had a different assignment. I had two cashiers (we used calculators) two people who recorded what the cashier did on paper in case he/she made a mistake, two baggers, two shelf stockers, two people to work in the deli...

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Counting money
Posted by:School Time #132508

I got my Smartboard last year. My favorite thing to use it for was counting coins. The kids had play money on their desks. I had coins on the Smartboard (from either their resources or google images). I wrote on the board how many of each coins (2 quartes, 3 dimes, 1 penny). Each child at their seats found those coins and counted the money. The child at the Smartboard took the coins and dragged them into the work area. They counted the coins, writing beneath them the total value (25 cents, 50 cents, 60, 70, 80, 81) Sorry--no cents sign on the keyboard. The kids loved it!

Good luck!

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100s chart!!
Posted by:kali #122882

Use a 100s chart to teach them how to count coins, it really helps!! It also gets them thinking of counting money just like counting anything and thinking about base 10.

Practice with a few pennies first...heres six pennies each is worth 1 cent so put them on the chart and once you get to your last penny, the number underneath is how much you have..6 cents!Then do dimes and then do like a few dimes and a couple pennies.

It really has helped my kids when they are tangled in counting coins!

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Touch Math
Posted by:sp.ed. #63163

The Touch Math program has a good idea to teach and reinforce counting by 5's to count money. Students learn to "tap" or touch once for nickels, twice for the value of a dime, and five times for the value of a quarter. There are visual cues (one dot on the nickel, two dots for the dime and five dots for the quarter), auditory cues and tactile/kinesthetic cues.

You might be able to make your own chart.

For the nickel there is one dark dot in the center of the nickel.

For the dime there are two dots, one centered just above and one just below the dime but still touching the dime.

For the quarter place the dots in this design superimposed on top of the quarter:

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Students can also advance to counting mixed coins...

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Teaching Money!
Posted by:StudentTeacher #88626

I've just recently learned this from my student teaching placement. Hole punch a lot of velcro (the soft side) and then glue them on the back of coins as such: 5 on the back of a quarter, 2 on a dime, 1 on a nickel. If the kids can skip count they can count change by skip counting five for each piece of velcro. It works great with our kids, especially because they have something to touch on the coin!

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Add Legs
Posted by:Hokie Fan #122881

Are they able to count by 5's? If so, this may help. If using a worksheet, draw legs on the coins. If using real money, draw coins on scrap paper and add legs.

A quarter gets 5 legs-"5,10,15,20,25"
A dime gets 2 legs-"5,10"
A Nickel gets 1 leg-"5"

Start with the dime, count each leg, then move on the nickels, counting each leg by 5's. After counting the pennies, put a slash through them.
I hope this makes sense and can help!

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