We've been working on money in math. Our kids have to recognize and know the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter and be able to count a collection of pennies and/or nickels up to 10 cents. Thought I would share some of the videos and quick stations I've implemented during this study.
The above video is a great one, my class really enjoys it. I know there are poems already out there for the coins, but my class was still having a hard time, so I changed up how they remember these two. (Does anyone else wish the US mint would QUIT changing the look of coins? State coins may be fun to collect, but make life hard for us teachers. And what's up with changing the nickel????)
For nickel, I made up this song (literally while teaching - don't you just love those moments!) to Farmer in the Dell tune:
"A nickel is worth 5 cents. (hold up 5 fingers)
A nickel is worth 5 cents.
The words are on the nose and neck, (point to nose and neck)
a nickel is worth 5 cents.
A nickel is worth 5 cents.
A nickel is worth 5 cents.
Monticello has a dome on top, (make an arc in the air)
a nickel is worth 5 cents."
This has helped them to visually discriminate the heads side of quarter and nickel. We talk about how the words are on TOP of George Washington's head because he was the first President, and we refer to the nickel as a "nose and neck nickel". They also struggle with discriminating printed tails sides of penny and nickel, so singing the second verse helps with that. The motions target my kinesthic learners well.
For dime we recite "Little dime is worth ten every time".
I have also been showing these videos as review. I have a very, um, vocal crew that loves to talk and sing, so these have been great for them!
To use with the interactive songs, we printed off this page:
To make these sticks:
My stations, centers, work trays, whatever you want to call them, have to be very quick to come together and not require a lot of directions. There just aren't enough hours in the day!!!! What we've been doing:
Find Abe: super simple. Give the kids some coins and magnifying glasses. They have to find the penny, and then use the magnifying glass to find his statue inside the Lincoln Memorial on the backside. They also use this to look at the differences in the Lincoln Memorial and Monticello.
Abraham Lincoln and George Washington finger puppets Keeping it real - we just did Abraham Lincoln. Coming up with 18 quarters is not in my budget. :) Also keeping it real, I had a volunteer help the kids with these.
Mystery matching: Put two of each coin (play money) into paper bags. Students pull out one coin, and try to find the match based on tactile clues alone. This works best with play money, as the textures are very exaggerated. They have to know the properties of the coins, so this really helps with that (thin/fat, large/small, bumpy/smooth edges).
Egg carton sorting: Write the value in each egg container, and they have to place the correct coins in each cup.
File folders and sorting: I love this free download from Donna Boucher on TPT that has the word, heads and tails sides, value, and ten frame representation for each coin. I cut them out and glued onto file folders for sorting.
100 words - 100 pennies I had pinned this chart for the 100th day and wrote in 100 words they could read at the time, made a few copies for stations that week. I pulled it back out, and they read the word, put a penny on it. If they can't read the word, no penny. Then they count how many pennies and figure out how many cents worth of reading they did. *An Occupational Therapist once told me that holding a handful of coins and putting one down at a time was great for fine motor, so that's how they have to do this.
And boy was I glad I had this. Our school is out of white copy paper. It's March. We can't afford more. GRRRRRRRRR........ The upside is that we are being much more creative with our stations, more hands on activities. Trying to be positive here.
If you have copy paper, here are other ideas I pinned but haven't done.
Fun coin spinner game using pencils and paper clips
I am thinking about folding some colored copy paper or colored construction paper into 8ths, having the students write each value in two random squares as a whole group activity, and then playing this with my guided math groups to review before the test. They can take it home to play to study.
Some interesting resources here, I felt most were too difficult for my kiddos:
Other resources and activities:
We have a store in which where students bring in a ziploc bag with $0.20 in pennies and nickels. We have tables set up with happy meal toys, etc. Each table is assigned a monetary value - 3 cents, 5 cents, and 7 cents. We pile all the K students up for this activity, and each of the three K teachers takes a table. The children take turns shopping until they run out of money, they have to be able to count out the correct amount of money to make a purchase. We then donate the money to either Jump Rope for Heart or Relay for Life.
I really enjoy reading this Welcome Books set by Mary Hill from Scholastic as we introduce each coin. The photographs are really nice, and the text is informative but not over their heads.
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