# 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.

#### Money

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.

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

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

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

Denise