Spring Cleaning

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.

I’m doing a little spring cleaning in my TpT store! Don’t you love the new look of my ORIGINAL freebie? But it’s not just the look that has changed. To better align the product with common core, the money amounts are now shown with both a dollar sign and a cents symbol. Grab it here. Scroll down for another updated product.

This is my NUMBER 1 best-seller! It’s a simple little math center based on a John Van de Walle activity. Check it out here.

I may have to curtail my ‘cleaning’ activities now and get outside!


  1. Linda

    These are fantastic, Donna! I’ve been having students build money amounts with base ten blocks and these are the perfect addition! So perfect for my math stations and intervention groups.

    Thank you for always sharing your knowledge and work. I love your blog and it’s been so helpful as we transition to Common Core! Thank you!!

    • Donna Boucher

      Totally my pleasure, Linda! I’m so glad that you’ve found my blog and resources helpful. We’re all in this together! 🙂

  2. cindy winkler

    Thank you so much! This will be so helpful with my second graders, especially those who struggle with money.

    • Donna Boucher

      Glad you think it will be helpful, Cindy!

  3. Cindy Elkins

    You and your readers might also like the coin blocks lesson and interactive available at NCTM’s Illuminations website. A blank 100 chart is used as a way to lay out coin values. 1 cent = 1 box, a nickel = 5 boxes, a dime is 10 boxes (like a ten-frame), and a quarter is a 5 x 5 array. This makes it easy to see that 4 quarters go together to equal a dollar, which fills the 100 grid, etc. On the interactive applet, look at the bottom right corner for the interactive portion where you can drag the coin blocks onto the 100 grid.



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