Adding Coins to Make a Dollar

A centers-based activity challenges mathematicians to count coins to make one dollar. Rotating through four stations, scholars complete a worksheet, work with real or play money to find several coin combinations, check for understanding with the teacher, and buy goods from a classroom store. 

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring in a collection of coins for learners to examine up close 
  • Display the anchor chart and encourage pupils to reference while they rotate through activities 
  • Open the classroom store several times a year for pupils to practice purchasing items—offer fun classroom supplies such as pencils and erasers
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should know how to add money 
  • Copy worksheets before starting the lesson 
  • Stations heighten learners' engagement though movement and new activities 
  • The lesson provides several opportunities to check for understanding 
  • Beware of links that no longer work 
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