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Reinforcing Money in the Primary Classroom

Hi! Welcome to part two of a three part series I'll be doing about teaching money in the primary classroom. Today I'll be discussing ways to reinforce money with mixed coins. If you'd like to check out part 1 of this series that is all about introducing money in the primary classroom, you can click here

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Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


We started out by reading The Coin Book by Roxanne Williams. It is a perfect introduction for reviewing coin values along with counting values of mixed coins. You could also use this book to wrap up a unit too.

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


When we are first starting out with finding the value of mixed coins, I want to make sure I give my kids lots of exposure to manipulating coins. This is where money cups come in. I've blogged about these in the past. Click here to read more about them and grab a  free recording sheet for centers. Money cups are the perfect way to differentiate your instruction. Grab some small containers. I found these with bright lids at Family Dollar for a couple of dollars.

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Inside each container is a random assortment coins up to $1.00. You can use any mixture of coins you'd like based on the needs for your kids. I have some that contain only dimes, nickels, and pennies while others have quarters in them too. I've even used half dollars for my higher level kids.

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

We started out by playing a game similar to scoot. I gave each table group a set of money cups. They were to dump their coins out onto their desk and put them in order from greatest to least in value. Then, drew hairs to count and find the value if needed and wrote the value two different ways. If you're not familiar with the hairy money method for teaching coins, click here. Once they found the value, I did a quick spot check and then they would put all their coins back in the cup and trade with someone at their group. This is also a perfect small group activity. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Speaking of small groups, this is my favorite hands on activity when it comes to money. It's called Scoop and Count and the kids LOVE it! Dump a random assortment of coins into a larger container. Use spoons to scoop (only one) coins onto their table. Have them put the coins in order from greatest to least in value then write the number multiple ways. The larger the spoon used, the more coins they have to count. I also only let them get one scoop. Keep reading to find out how to get an exclusive freebie that goes along with this game! 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Another low prep games that I like to play is called Roll, Add and Count. Using dice, have them roll two, add the numbers together and then create the value that they made using any mixture of coins. I bought this pack of dice off of Amazon that comes with all types. This is another great way to differentiate to meet the needs of your kids. You could also have them roll one, two, or three dice to find different sums. Subtraction or even multiplication would work too! Click here to see them on Amazon. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


Once I felt comfortable that they can recognize and count coins properly, I move towards using paper money. We used this interactive journal activity to sort values of mixed coins greater and less than 50 cents. They wrote the values on the back of each strip and then sorted them into the correct pockets in their math journal. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


I'm all about low prep activities. The less paper I have to use, the better. I displayed these task cards from my money unit (sorry for the dark photo, I snapped this when the room as dark). Then the kids divided their white boards into 4 sections and labeled them with the same letters of the cards shown. We worked together to find the values of each box. They could draw the coins on their board if needed but most would just write the value. 

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

I'm big into using our white boards if you haven't noticed that yet. Another favorite to use ABCYA.com and play money bingo whole group! You can select the set of mixed coins that you'd like to use. As they are shown, the kids write the value on their white boards. When I say showdown, the kids show me their boards and I check to see who got it right and who got it wrong.We then count the value together and  select it on the bingo board. If they get it right they get a point on their board! Let them get a point and they'll be excited about anything! We play until we've made a bingo. Sometimes its goes quick so we can play multiple games.

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

To wrap up our unit, they made these cupcake crafts to show what they'd learned. I let them pick any value under a dollar and they created it on their cupcake and wrote the value. You can find these in my money unit
Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

I hope this gave you some ideas to use with how to reinforce money. Part 3 of this series will be up SOON! It will be all about books you can use to go along with your money unit. 

Since you've been so gracious and stayed with me through the end of the post, I've got a special treat for you. Click HERE to grab an exclusive money FREEBIE! These are center directions and recording sheets to go along with the Roll, Add, and Count and Scoop and Count games that were mentioned above. 


Are you looking for some hands on ways to introduce and reinforce money? This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several hands on activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!




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Introducing Money in the Primary Classroom


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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Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!


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. 

Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!



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. 


Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

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. 




We used this coin book to help us introduce each coin. Each page gives a kid friendly definition of what can be found on each coin. We checked for comprehension at the end to show what we had learned.

Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!
Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!



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.



Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!



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.



Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!



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.



Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!



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!



Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!



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



Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!




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



Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!

Introducing money is always a tricky concept. This post is full of ideas for the primary classroom. It includes several activities and a FREEBIE to use. Come check it out!



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. 

Since you've been so gracious and stayed with me through the end of the post, I've got a special treat for you. Click HERE to grab an exclusive money FREEBIE! 


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Guided Reading Basket

Last week, I posted a picture of my guided reading basket on  Instagram. I had lots of questions about it so I wanted to share it with you today.

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This basket contains everything I need for guided reading. It includes comprehension stems, dry erase boards, finger light beams and so much more. Come read all about it and grab a FREE printable label too!

This basket stays on a shelf right next to my guided reading table and it has everything that I need on hand. These are things that are always used and can be used with all my groups. Let's start with the pocket dice. These came for OrientalTrading and I LOVE them! Here, I've wrote story element questions on index cards. I love these because I can adapt them to whatever comprehension skill we are learning at the time. They can also be used for different subjects.

I also use these for word work practice. I might write "tell me a word that starts with sh" or "tell me a word that rhymes with _______."

These pocket dice from Oriental Trading are perfect for guided reading groups!

Also, for comprehension, I have question stems on hand. These can go with any book and are perfect for small groups. This specific set includes questions to ask before, during, and after the story.

These resource cards contain over 100 comprehension questions to be used with any book. Use this resource as a tool for whole group reading, guided reading, or partner discussions.

I also have sets that go with specific topics that I switch out often based on what we are learning at the time. Each set is a different color so that I don't get them mixed up. These are also good for partner reading. Once they are finished reading, kids can work together and ask each other questions. 

These resource cards contain over 100 comprehension questions to be used with any book. Use this resource as a tool for whole group reading, guided reading, or partner discussions.
  

These larger poster pages are also used. They include the same question stems, just all on one page for easier reference. 

This basket contains everything I need for guided reading. It includes comprehension stems, dry erase boards, finger light beams and so much more. Come read all about it and grab a FREE printable label too!

The pink dry erase boards came from the Target dollar spot. These are used for word work and quick writing checks. I have a set of 6 and they've really held up much better than I thought. 

Their current favorite tool are our finger beam lights. These also came from Oriental Trading. They come in four different colors (red, blue, green, and white) and the kids go absolutely nuts over them. I've purchased several sets and these are by far one of my favorites and they've lasted me a good while. The black piece of elastic that slides over their fingers can easily slide out but it is very easy to put back in. I've also purchased this set from Amazon and been happy with them. 

These resource cards contain over 100 comprehension questions to be used with any book. Use this resource as a tool for whole group reading, guided reading, or partner discussions.

Finger light beams are the perfect tool to use during guided reading!

Underneath the pocket dice in the main photo, I have an index card box that holds , fluency phrases, sight word cards and phonics picture cards. We use these for sorting activities, rhyming practice, segmenting phonemes, and so much more. Here are some examples. 

word sorts
These vowel team cards are perfect for guided reading groups, word work, and whole group activities. They are super versatile and come with two different options.

segmenting syllables 
These vowel team cards are perfect for guided reading groups, word work, and whole group activities. They are super versatile and come with two different options.

These vowel team cards are perfect for guided reading groups, word work, and whole group activities. They are super versatile and come with two different options.

rhyming practice 
These vowel team cards are perfect for guided reading groups, word work, and whole group activities. They are super versatile and come with two different options.

Some other random, smaller items in the basket are listed below. These are items that we always need and can be used in multiple ways. 
-highlighters: locating important information in a text such as sight words, phonics patterns, story elements, etc...
-index cards: quick writes to check for comprehension
-post it notes: quick writes to check for comprehension
- highlighter tape: locating words in a text, identifying different types of punctuation, searching for a phonics patter, etc...
-magnetic letters (lowercase) and magnetic letters (uppercase): I store these in a plastic case next to my basket but we use them almost daily for making spelling and sight words. 

This basket contains everything I need for guided reading. It includes comprehension stems, dry erase boards, finger light beams and so much more. Come read all about it and grab a FREE printable label too!

If you'd like to create your own guided reading basket, you can grab my label here! If you'd like to save this idea for later, feel free to pin the image below. 

This basket contains everything I need for guided reading. It includes comprehension stems, dry erase boards, finger light beams and so much more. Come read all about it and grab a FREE printable label too!

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Disclosure: I was provided items to review by Oriental Trading, but all opinions expressed are my own. 


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