Lesson Plan:

Add It Up! Counting Money

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August 17, 2015
by Sarah Marten
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August 17, 2015
by Sarah Marten

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to solve story problems by counting money.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Explain to the students that they will be reviewing how to count money to solve story problems in today's lesson.
  • Pass out the money (or manipulatives) to each student.
  • Review how many cents a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter represent.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Hand out the Counting Money Word Problems document to each student.
  • Model the first word problem for the class by reading it aloud and demonstrating with coins how to solve the problem.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Have the students, with the help of their partner, complete the rest of the word problems.
  • Walk the room and monitor students.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Hand out the 2nd Grade Counting Coins I and 2nd Grade Present Math worksheets to each student.
  • Allow the students to continue working in pairs to complete the worksheets.



  • Enrichment: Have advanced students write a counting money word problem on their own on the back of the Word Problem worksheet.
  • Support: Have struggling students work with a student that understands the lesson, or shorten the amount of work for the students to complete on the Word Problem document.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Hand out the 2nd Grade Counting Coins II and the 2nd Grade How Many Coins worksheets to each student.
  • Have students complete the worksheets independently as an assessment.

Review and Closing

  • Create a group work station that has students counting money for on going practice and review.

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