Lesson plan

Counting and Adding: Penny For Your Thoughts

Get students familiar with money by counting the lowest denomination of currency: the penny! This is a great way to reinforce consecutive numbers and addition lessons.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

No standards associated with this content.

Which set of standards are you looking for?

Students will be able to recognize a penny, know its value, and add any amount of pennies together.

(10 minutes)
  • Call the students together as a group.
  • Ask them if they have ever used money, and if so what they used it for. Take responses by raised hands.
  • Show students a penny and ask them what it is called. Take responses by raised hands.
  • Ask students if they know how much a penny is worth. Take responses by raised hands, then tell students that a penny is equal to one cent, and 100 pennies make one dollar.
  • Ask students what they think they could purchase with one penny.
  • Tell the students that today they will be counting pennies.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that in order to count pennies, each one has the value of one, therefore pennies are counted consecutively.
  • Place ten pennies where they may be seen by all students.
  • Count the ten pennies aloud.
  • Allow the student to repeat after you.
  • Remove some of the pennies and practice counting together again to determine the correct amount.
  • Continue to add and remove pennies, changing the amount.
  • Allow the student to count the amount of pennies collectively without teacher support.
  • Once the students have mastered counting the pennies, transition to the next section.
(10 minutes)
  • Place students in groups of four to work.
  • Give the students a random amount of pennies in each group.
  • Assign a scribe, a counter, a checker, and a reporter in each group.
  • The counter will count the amount of pennies.
  • The checker will recount to verify the amount of pennies.
  • The scribe will write down the amount of money using the cent symbol.
  • The reporter will stand in front of the class when called upon to report how much money their group had.
  • Pennies may be precounted and labeled in snack sized plastic bags to minimize time and increase the speed of verifying the correct answer.
(10 minutes)
  • Give each student the Pennies and Cents worksheet and a pencil.
  • Read the instructions to the students.
  • Allow the students to complete the worksheet.
  • Enrichment: Give the students an assignment with nickles and pennies if they are familiar with money.
  • Support: Give the students pennies based on their ability to count. If a student can only count to five, then only give him five pennies.
(10 minutes)
  • Grade the worksheet completed during independent work time.
  • Give feedback and allow for reinforcement if the student did not master the concept.
(10 minutes)
  • Call the students together.
  • Ask the students what the value of a penny is.
  • Take responses by raised hands.
  • Ask the students to collectively add 5 cents to 1 cent using pennies or paper manipulatives.
  • Take responses by raised hands.

Add to collection

Create new collection

Create new collection

New Collection


New Collection>

0 items