Sunday, February 20, 2011

Using what they already know to conquer counting MONEY

This week I spent time teaching my little first graders how to count money. Now, as most of you know, this is not as easy as it sounds! They are wonderful at skip counting but seem to struggle when applying it to counting coins. So, I started thinking....they are really, really good at skip counting and have become experts on using a number line to do just about why not combine what they know to tackle what they are not so sure about! Necessity is the mother of invention....and that's where I got the idea for this money counting mat. The kiddos loved it and so did I! I will be adding this to a mini unit that I am working on but I wanted to share it with you guys. These will need to be printed on legal size paper. Let me know what you think...I love suggestions :)

This one as the number already written for them.

This one is open response so that they can write the numbers themselves.


Renee S. said...

can't open documents --would love to preview

Ms. Morgart said...

I am so sorry. Googledocs tends to be a little strange at times. Please try it again and let me know if it works. Thanks again for the feedback!

Lindsey said...

i love this! thanks for sharing!


Heidi Samuelson said...

Thanks for sharing! and the relinking worked!

Ms. Morgart said...

YAY!!! So glad that it worked out!!

Hadar said...

SOOOO cool!!!! This is a really good idea! Love that it just came to you!


Cathy Hammett said...

Just finished unit on money, but this is just what I need for my intervention group!


Ms. Morgart said...

So glad that you can use it!!! :)

S. Parker said...

This is great! I know my kiddos will benefit! Thanks!

.jana. said...

How do you incorporate quarters?

Ms. Morgart said...

Great question! My kiddos sing a little song/chant that goes like this:
We count quarters
Yes we do
We count quarters, how about you?
25, 50, 75, a dollar
We count quarters, yes we do
we count quarters how about you?

My kiddos are not required to count coin collections with quarters anymore but many times the kiddos get curious (and exposure never hurts). That's when I pull out a hundreds chart and plastic coins and show them. They usually catch on to this pretty quickly because they have a great understanding of the hundreds chart as well. I alos use a hundreds chart to teach trading coins. I put stickers of nickels and dimes on the chart. I explain how they can trade pennies for nickels and nickels for dimes by actually placing and trading on the hundreds chart. This is a little more difficult but after a few tries they usually catch on. Hope this helps :)

Allison said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for posting it!

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