Lesson Plan:

Counting Coins

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August 17, 2015
by Nichelle Neal
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August 17, 2015
by Nichelle Neal

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to count coins to know how much things are worth.


Introduction (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.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Play the The Coin Song.
  • Write the names on the board next to each coin.
  • Draw a few coins on the board, and show the students how to count the coins to see how much the different items cost.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (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.

Independent Working Time (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



  • Enrichment: Have the students tell you how much each item is worth without using the coins.
  • Support: Allow struggling students to use their coins to complete the worksheets.


Assessment (15 minutes)

  • Collect the worksheets to check for understanding.
  • Assign Present Math 2 as an informal assessment.
  • Allow students to use their coins to complete the worksheet.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • As a class, complete the Present Math 3 worksheet.
  • Replay the The Coin Song.

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