Lesson plan

Counting Coins

Help your students learn to count money with this teacher-approved lesson. They'll love learning how much their favorite things are worth.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Identifying Coin Values pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Identifying Coin Values pre-lesson.

Students will be able to recognize coins and identify their values.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students to name the different coins used in the United States.
  • Show the students the different coins, and tell them what each coin is called.
(10 minutes)
  • Play The Coin Song and pause the song after each coin is explained. Have students repeat after you as you chant:
    • A ____ (coin name) is worth ____ (coin value).
  • Show students pre-selected images from magazines or the internet and write how much each item costs. For example, a popsicle might cost one dollar.
  • Model figuring out what coins you can use to purchase the items.
(15 minutes)
  • Give each student a bag of coins.
  • Write a money amount on the board.
  • Have the students use their coins to show the amount you have on the board.
(15 minutes)
  • Hand out the Counting Coins worksheet.
  • Have the students complete the worksheet independently.
  • Have them talk to their shoulder partner to check their worksheet
  • Allow students to use their coins to complete the worksheets.

Enrichment: Have the students tell you how much each item is worth without using the coins.

Support: Allow students who need extra support to work in partnerships or small groups.

(15 minutes)
  • Assign one of the Present Math worksheets as an informal assessment.
(10 minutes)
  • Replay The Coin Song.
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner, answering the following questions:
    • What did you learn today?
    • What adjectives describe a penny? A nickel? A dime? A quarter?

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