Hey ya'll! Welcome to part one of a three part series I'll be doing about teaching money in the primary classroom. Today I'll be discussing ways to introduce money and learning the basic foundations that go along with this topic. Get ready for LOTS of pictures!
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Our money unit typically lasts 2 weeks. To start out, we made this anchor chart together on Monday. We discussed what the heads and tails of each coin looks like and the value of each coin. I used this coin bulletin board set to make the chart.
These mini anchor charts are also displayed in our room. I wanted them to have lots of exposure to each type of coin and what they looked like.
Each year I always show this YouTube video from Jack Hartmann. It has a catchy tune and the kids always seem to enjoy it. I would play it each day at the beginning of our math block or when we had a few extra minutes and our brains needed a break.
I'm sure you've seen this money poem before. It's always a big help when it comes to learning about coins. We added this mini version to our math journals to reference throughout the rest of the year. It's super catchy and always seems to stick with the kids.
We followed up by sorting each type of coin and writing the value of each in our math journals with this flip up activity. They had to recognize the heads and tails of each coin and write the value of each on the flap.
Before diving into the world of finding the value of multiple coins, we spent a day focusing on sorting and recognizing each type of coin. I gave each student a cup with a random assortment of coins in each one. Quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies were used.
They used these sorting mats to sort the money from their cup. Then, they graphed how many of each coin they had. This was the perfect activity for practicing coin recognition. Want to know how to get this sorting and graphing activity for FREE??? Find out at the end of this post!
After I felt comfortable that they could easily recognize coins, we began to slowly introduce finding the value of a set of coins. I like to use the hairy money method for this. Each coin gets a set of hairs to represent its value. Each hair is worth 5 cents so a quarter gets 5 hairs, a dime gets 2 hairs, a nickel gets 1 hair and the poor penny is bald so it just gets a dot. You can click here to get this poster.
I'm a huge fan of math journals so of course we had to do some work in them. We spent one day working focusing on one coin. We found the value of each set of coin and wrote it under the flap. We labeled our coins with hairs to help us count. This way we won't accidentally skip over a coin when we are counting. You can find these activities here.
We wrapped up our first week of money by reading A Dollar, A Penny, How Much and How Many by Brian Cleary. If you don't own any of his books, you need them in your life. They are the perfect way to introduce and review math concepts with your little learners.
I hope this gave you some ideas to use with how to introduce money. Check back soon for parts 2 and 3 of this blog series. Part 2 will be all about reinforcing money in the classroom and in part 3, I'll share some books that you can use in your classroom to introduce and reinforce money throughout the year.
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