Money - Print out coins and/or
Counting coins include pennies, nickels,
dimes, and quarters.
Counting bills include dollars
(ones) , fives,
tens, and twenties.
When your students have finished
these activities, see our
counting money category
for additional lessons.
Each student should have his or her own set of play money.
Call an amount out loud, and/or write it on the board. Each student should
count out the correct amount of money to make that amount.
Beginners should start with only pennies, counting to numbers 10
or less. Slowly add more coins and increase the amount, based on the
students' skill level.
Have the students count money to a certain amount, only using
specific types of coins or bills. For example, ask students to count to $1.00 only using
dimes, or only using dimes and nickels.
Students should count money using the smallest number of coins
possible. For example, $1.00 would be 4 quarters.
Instead of the teacher deciding on the amount, have the students
work in pairs, or in small groups with one person calling an amount to count.
After counting, each student may say which coins and/or bills they used.
For small groups, students should take turns with the next turn going to the
person sitting on their right.
students during this
activity and adjust the skill
level as necessary. Increase
or reduce the counting amount or
the types of
coins and/or bills.
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