Created with TaskStream Show Me the Money
Author: Megan Johnson
Date created: 08/11/2005 10:52 AM EDT ; Date modified: 05/14/2006 1:15 PM EDT

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General Comments


Grade 1
Time Required

App. 7 days for lessons.  Culminating activity will be ongoing throughout the school year.


Students will:

  1. Identify the value of a group of nickels and pennies.
  2. Identify the value of a group of dimes and pennies.
  3. Identify a group of dimes and nickels.
  4. Identify the value of a group of dimes, nickels, and pennies.
  5. Identify a quarter and find groups of coins that have the same value.
  6. Count collections of coins including a quarter, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

Students will learn to count money through various activities with integrated technology.

Essential Questions:

  1. What do we use money for?
  2. Why do you need to know how to count money?
  3. How do you count money?


Learning Activities
Resources and Unit Handouts
  • The number of computers required is ?.
  1. Alex's Lemonade Stand
  2. Counting Coins for Cancer Project
  3. Dollar Bill's Advertures -Great download
  4. Money Unit -Lots of great links
  5. Play Money -great virtual manipulatives
  6. United Streaming (required subscription)


Standards Standards compiled from learning activities
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NY- New York State Standards
Subject: Mathematics, Science, and Technology (1996, 2005 Math update)
Learning Standard 3: Mathematics (2005 update)
Students will:
•understand the concepts of and become proficient with the skills of mathematics;
•communicate and reason mathematically;
•become problem solvers by using appropriate tools and strategies;
through the integrated study of number sense and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and statistics and probability.
Grade/Subject: Grade 1
Area: Content Strands
Strand: Measurement Strand
Standard: Students will use units to give meaning to measurements.
Performance Indicator: Units 1.M.4 Know vocabulary and recognize coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)
Performance Indicator: 1.M.5 Recognize the cent notation as ¢
Performance Indicator: 1.M.6 Use different combinations of coins to make money amounts up to 25 cents
To help you focus on individual needs and strengths, you may wish to document your observations about student understanding and skills as you teach this unit using Money Matters rubric. Assessment will be based on observations and journal writing.
  1. Money Matters