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Thematic Units - Money


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The Teacher's Corner Resources Calendar Money Grades K-3
A useful activity to start your day with. Every morning the calendar helper finds the correct number to put on the calendar. We discuss the number and then the helper goes to the money board. The money board is a metal cooking tray or I use a square stove cover. At the bottom of the tray are coins which have been hot glued to magnets. At the top of the tray is the cent symbol which has been written on with permanent marker. The helper must slide the coins up that equal the money amount for the daily number. We always use the least amount of coins to make the number, but more advanced grades could have the helper come up with several ways to make the same amount. For example, if the date is October 19 (then the number is 19),the child could make 19c using 19 pennies OR 3 nickels and 4 pennies OR 1 dime, 1 nickel, and 4 pennies. This is done every day so by the end of the year the children are all very familiar with coins.
Submitted by: Stacie [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources Coin Poem & Chant Grades K-3
This is a fun and musical way for younger students to learn the coins and their value. I use the following poems to help my first graders learn to identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Print poems on to large chart paper, add illustrations and read chorally.

Penny, penny,
Easily spent
Copper brown
and worth one cent.

Nickel, nickel,
Thick and fat,
You're worth five cents.
I know that.

Dime, dime,
Little and thin,
I remember,
You're worth ten.

Quarter, quarter
Big and bold,
You're worth twenty-five
I am told!
Submitted by: Stacie [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources Coin Combinations Grades K-3
This hands-on activity will help develop your student's money sense. I attached small magnets (used magnetic tape) to money pieces (paper coin manipulatives from our math book). Two children take turns each day making all the ways to get a certain amount. If the day is Jan.23rd for example, they'd find all the ways to make 23 cents and put up the display on our magnetic chalkboard. During calendar time, they take turns reporting to the class what they did. Sometimes, they miss a way to do it and other students contribute. We do this until everyone has had 2 turns. Other students are responsible for taking down the coins and sorting them to be ready the next morning.
Submitted by: Marci [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources How would you spend $1million? Grades 4+
A great project that will help your students understand the value of money.
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The Teacher's Corner Resources Make the Date Grades K-3
This activity can easily be integrated into your morning routine.
Here's something I do at calendar time to help with the study of money. The children have to write what coins they would use to make the date. I have a paper that has columns for quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. They fill in the columns. I start with manipulatives in Sept and work my way down to the sheet later on.
Submitted by: Sandy [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources Money Game Board Grades Various
This game can be adapted to your particular grade level. Make a game board for each student. The board is a 9 x 12 piece of construction paper - long ways. Draw a line across the paper about 2 inches down from the top. Next divide the paper into thirds or fourths (depending on which coins you want to reinforce their values). Using money stamps, stamp pennies in the right hand box at the top. Nickels to the left of the pennies, dimes to the left of the nickels. I only have a few with quarters and I use them for students who are developmentally ready for that part of the activity. Laminate if you like. They will keep for years if you do. Divide students into groups of two. Give each student a game board and each pair of students a dice. For the first game one student rolls the die and places that number of pennies on their game board in the pennies column. The second student does the same. When a student has five pennies he or she may exchange it for a nickel and places it in the nickel column. Choose a stopping point before the game begins. EX: When someone in your group gets 5 nickels the game is over. Clear your board and start over. You can do this for dimes and quarters also as your students are ready. It's fun and an easy way to observe each students understanding of a coins value. I like it to because it works at each ability level throughout the classroom.
Submitted by: Stacie [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources Money Marathon Grades K-3
MATERIALS: a poster with the following poem on it:
Five pennies, trade a nickel. . .
Two nickels, trade a dime. . .
Two dimes and a nickel,
Trade a quarter every time!

laminated 4-column board with the following headings for each column (respectively from left to right): Quarter, 25 cents; Dime, 10 cents; Nickel, 5 cents; and Penny, 1 cent dice real or plastic quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies

1.Students take turns rolling a dice and taking that number of pennies for their board.
2.As the students collect coins that can be traded, they should do so. Saying the poem is a great way to help students figure out the trades on their own. Most of my Resource Room students have memorized the poem by this time.
3.The first student to get any designated amount (75 cents for example) is the winner.
Submitted by: Stacie [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources Money, Math & Literature Grade 3
This fun activity integrates literature into your money lesson. (Can be adapted for a variety of grades.
Submitted by: Cindee Knight

The Teacher's Corner Resources Money Poems & Songs Grades K-3
Here is a collection of fun poems and songs.
Submitted by: Stacie [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources Money Rap Grades K-3
After looking at the similarities and differences of the various coins, students learn this rap to help remind them.Introduce the penny, nickel, dime and quarter. One each day for four days, using a magnifying glass to identify the similarities and differences of each coin. Discuss teach coins similarities and differences and value.

Teach the following rap:

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Well a penny is one and a nickel is five,
A dime is worth ten and a quarter twenty-five.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Five pennies make a nickel,
Two nickels make a dime.
Two dimes and a nickel
make a quarter and it's mine.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Submitted by: Stacie [email protected]

The Teacher's Corner Resources Money Worksheets
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The Teacher's Corner Resources Money Unit (Mini-Society) Grades 3+
Here is some basic information to get you started with this program.
Submitted by: Victoria [email protected]

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