My students need all of the review and practice with coins as they can get! Yours, too?? Here is a super simple way to practice counting, coin identification and adding coins into your morning meeting….
For the first 100 days of school we use this poster (below) to count to 100. I loved that the students practiced counting on and counting by tens every day!
As we approached the 100th day we started thinking about how to continue counting and how we could make it more functional. One of my fabulous classroom assistants suggested using pennies and nickels to count. Brilliant! Better yet… she even made me the poster! I am seriously blessed!!
During morning meeting, we put a penny on the green strip. When we get to 5 pennies in a row, we put a nickel on the yellow square. When we count the days, we count the nickels on the yellow squares and then the single pennies. For example, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13.
We also put a dollar bill at the top of the chart so we could talk about how we already counted to 100 which is like counting up to a dollar.