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Counting Sets of Coins


Counting Sets of Coins

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This is  a lesson plan designed for lower elementary students on counting collections of quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies.  It is rooted around using money to purchase items at a store. This lesson utilizes virtual manipulatives to help teach the content, as well as a computer game in which students are "purchasing" items at a pet store by determining the correct amount of change to give to pay.
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Date Added to MERLOT: January 28, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 08, 2012
Keywords: computer game, math, early elementary, coins, money, Elementary, lesson plan, virtual manipulatives


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Language: English
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Avatar for Sandy Tam
4 years ago

Sandy Tam (Faculty)

Being ble to add and subtract when using money is a very important life skill.

I like the sequencing of the lesson and the use of electronic manipulatives, although I would prefer to use real/replica coins if possible for authenticity. I also like the differentiated activiities according to ability. The range of activities also caters for different types of learners as there is role play,  electronic games and manipulatives on offer.

Being so young (grade 1 and 2) I think the lesson tries to cover too many objectives in one lesson. (I'm not sure how long this lesson plan is for).

The coin box game I found difficult. I guess the students have to be trained how to use it. The other online games are useful though.

This resource is easy to use.

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The lesson has many electronic resources and they all work.

Avatar for Sandra Toth
4 years ago

Sandra Toth (Teacher (K-12))

The problem being address is the need for first grade students to effectively learn to count mixed coins and to solve number stories problems. There is scaffolding in the lesson by having the students first determine the value of each coin, practice counting, and learning to count objects in class. The students are clearly motivated by learning how to use their counting skills in the real world and working together in a group. I believe the lesson is too long and there is too much technology/and lessons planned for such a young age group. With the whiteboard activities, the online independent practice, the computer games, the counting of the coins, and writing and solving problems, they may start to feel confused and overwhelmed.