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Coin Counting
Lesson Objective
The student will identify the value of coins and complete coin counting activities.
Background Information for Teacher
Before presenting this activity, it is recommended that counting by fives and tens be taught. Already having mastery of
these skills will contribute to your students’ success with this activity.
Student Prior Knowledge
Several coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and half dollars)
Counting Coins worksheet (Step 3)
The Coin Counting Book, by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (Step 1)
Prepared whiteboard/ poster
Coin cube or dice
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Start the video in Step 1- The Coin Counting Book
Prepare the whiteboard or a poster that has problems written in large bold print, duplicating the problems on Counting
Coins worksheet.
Point out that in the book, we read about how to count and add coins. We also saw many pennies traded for fewer coins
that were worth more. For example, 25 pennies were traded for one quarter. Explain that for the next activity, the student
will practice their money counting skills.
Hold up a bag/bank/pocket with coins in it. Have the student pull a coin from the bag. Ask the student to name the coin
and tell you its value. Fill in the first two blanks on the whiteboard with the correct value. Ask the student for an idea of
how to figure out the value of two of that same coin. The student may offer strategies such as counting on, using tools,
drawing a picture, using their fingers, and using their memory of the addition fact. Accept all strategies. Repeat this step
as many times as needed.
Give the student the Counting Coins worksheet
and a coin cube or dice. Explain that they will be tossing the cube once for
each problem on the page. After the first roll, they should record the value of the coin rolled in the first and second spaces,
then add the values to reach a sum. Encourage the student to use coins or other manipulatives if they need to in order to
add the amounts correctly.
When the student finishes their Counting Coins
worksheet, invite them to share their sums. As they share, ask them if
they could make the same sum with (a) different coin(s). Help them model with magnetic money/money visuals/overhead
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheet needed to complete the lesson
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can
demonstrate understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Counting Coins (offline) game
This game is best played with multiple students
Put a bowl of coins in the middle of the table (include a lot of pennies). Provide the student with a number cube or dice.
The students will take turns rolling the cube/dice. When the student rolls the cube they add that many pennies to their
personal pile. When they have enough to trade for a larger coin, they do so (e.g., five pennies are traded for one nickel;
two nickels are traded for one dime). Try giving them a time limit. When time is up, have student tell what sum they
made with which coins. You could even play this like musical chairs. When the music stops, they share their sums.