Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Here are some of the activities my students are doing to practice these skills.
This is a game I purchased several years ago and my students love it! I show 4-5 kids who are leaders in the classroom how to play it and they in turn teach it to other kids. I have 4 of these games because each year, I decided I need another one! This gives me almost enough for everyone to play at the same time which I love. When I just owned 2 of these, I used them as part of math stations which I still do in addition to the times where most kids in the room are playing.
Here is how the game works. Students roll the dice which often puts them on a spot where they get money. They spin the spinner to see which coins they are NOT allowed to use to show that amount.
|This student landed on 12 cents and when she spun the spinner, landed on no nickles. She had to make 12 cents using anything but nickles. This is a great time to talk about different ways to make 12 cents and which is most efficient.|
|This student had to take his money using no dimes|
The other part of this game I love is the bank exchange spaces. When a student lands on bank exchange, they get to trade in their coins for equivalent amounts. It is a great way to give them practice with fair trades and counting mixed coins.
Once one player gets to the finish line, everyone counts up their money and the person with the most wins. I have my students count their money and write their money amount on a nearby white board. This gives them practice with the symbolic notation of money.
|Getting to $1 seemed to be a big goal for this group so we finished up by figuring out how far away everyone was from $1.00. I think second graders knowing combinations of 100 is super important and this gave them one more way to practice!|
I recently finished making a bunch of number puzzles for first and second grade and one of them is all about coins. We have been using this during math center time and it has been a great way for kids to practice.
|Students put out all the cards with numbers written on them. They then take the cards with coins on them, count the coins and find the matching number card. The puzzles are self checking because if kids get it wrong, they won't fit together!|
|A pair of students works to finish up their coin puzzles.|
Also included with the number puzzles is follow up formative assessment that I used to asses students' current understanding of counting coins.
|Two students show what they know about counting coins|
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How do you work on counting money with your students? Please respond in the comments below!