I love integrating subjects whenever I can. If I an combine language arts with math in one academic exercise, IÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ll do it!
I also love to write poetry for children. If I can make the poem educational as well as fun to read, all the better.
Happily, I was able to do all of these things in this combined poetry and math activity. The concept of recognizing and counting coins is presented in the poem itself. I tried to make the rhythm easy to keep and kids will be quick to point out the rhyming words. I presented the poem during shared reading, and over the course of the week I used it to point out such phonic elements as the /ou/ dipthong, the -ime, -out, and -ive rimes, and the sound /qu/ makes as well as the difference between hyphenated and compound words. We spoke, sang, snapped, and danced our way through the poem until the kids practically knew it by heart.
That made completing the coin counting worksheets easier! I would hear the kids reciting the poem to themselves as they figured out how much each group of coins was worth. I presented a new worksheet each day. We started it on the overhead together and the kids were allowed to work on their own or with a partner whenever they felt ready to leave the group. My low babies could stay with me for the whole worksheet, but that was rarely necessary after the first day or two.
Feel free to use this poem and the math worksheets that go with it in whatever way you think best. Enjoy! An answer key is included in this download.