Main Subject Area: Mathematics
Duration of Lesson: 30 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will add coins to equal a specified amount.
Students will understand that a certain value can be reached through the use of different sets of coins.
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): K-2
2. Explain the game instructions to your students.
The teacher will write a coin amount for all the students to see. (S)he will then select coins out of the “teacher’s pile” that equal the amount written on the board. These coins will be held secretly in the teacher’s fist or pocket.
Each group member will either be the counter, the checker, or the announcer for his or her group. These roles will rotate at the start of each new round of the game.
Each group will be given one minute to find a way to represent the coin amount using only the coins in their pile. After their minute is over, the announcer from each group will report back to the class about the coin combination they used to reach the listed amount.
Each group will be given one point for being accurate with their coin combination. The teacher will then reveal the combination (s)he used to make the stated amount. An additional point is given to those groups whose choice of coins matches the teacher's selection of coins.
3. Distribute a pile of coins to each group of students. Each student should have the same number of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. The teacher will also have the same number of coins in the "teacher's pile".
4. Play the game for as long or as short as you like!
Assessment / Evaluation:
Differentiated Learning Options: