Counting Coins

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

A few little printables on counting coins tonight to go along with the coins workstation from earlier in the week.  A couple of things to keep in mind with money:

  • Students need to understand that an amount can be represented in multiple ways. This is really composing and decomposing numbers, using money.  That’s why on the front side, I have the kiddos circle two amounts that are the same (that also adds a little self-checking component).  And on the back of the paper, students need to show a given amount two different ways.
  • When drawing coins, I recommend having kiddos draw circles with the letters Q, D, N, and P inside the circles.  Another option is to put the amounts (25, 10, 5, and 1) in the circles.  This makes it easier for them to represent amounts.
  • Another money-related skill is knowing that money can be written in different ways: with a dollar sign and decimal point ($0.18), with a cent symbol (18¢), and in word form (eighteen cents).  Be sure they get to practice all three.

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8 Comments

    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks for the sweet comment and the shout-out on your blog! Now I know what a piwi is. 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re so welcome, Shibahn! Thanks for the comment. 🙂

      Reply
  1. Denise

    Thank you so much! This is perfect! We are starting collection of mixed coins when we get back from break.

    Denise

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    • Donna Boucher

      Ooh, gotta love good timing!

      Reply
  2. T Bell

    As always, you rock our homeschool! Thanks so much!!!! I’ll model this with our Australian currency.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Glad to be of help!

      Reply

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