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# Counting Coins

Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Identifying Coin Values pre-lesson.

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Do you 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.
(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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