I am very excited to be offering this interactive money counting product, as it is the result of lots of careful observation of primary age math students and their struggle to grasp the concept of "money counting." Based on these observations,I began designing materials that support short, fine-tuned money counting lessons that are incorporated into "calender time" by modeling and guided instruction combining money to total the number of days students have been in school. Many years ago I attended a"Math Their Way" workshop and was introduced to the idea of displaying real money with a magnet attached so students participate in a "hands on" experience displaying 1 penny= 1 cent, 2 pennies=2 cents...until day 5, when a nickel is introduced as "equal to" 5 pennies, so both combinations are counted and displayed. On day 6, students practice "counting on" with a nickel and a penny (5 and 1 more,etc.) This daily repetition plus adding small pieces to the students' knowledge base produced a high level of learning compared to the intense money counting we had always done when we got to the "money" chapter in the math book!
Recently, I took that money counting to the next level and added interactive math journals in which students cut and glue money combinations each day to match the number of days in school.This increased 'engaged learning" by all students seemed to result in even more understanding of money, so I created a "first grade friendly" daily journal for students to share what they were learning.
Please check the preview to see examples of the final product which includes:
- A coin identification "learning strip" similar to a book mark with pictures of the front and backs of all the coins labeled with penny, nickel, dime,and quarter-this can be used as a reference tool when working independently
- Master copies of fairly authentic looking coins organized by dotted lines into groups of money for Day 1 through Day 100
- A kid-friendly cover and 2 page styles for a math journal to display the daily work (as the number of days grow, students practice as many coin combinations as possible during whole group calendar, then display a maximum of 3 coin combinations in their journal).
- Beginning with Day 25, an alternative to "cut & glue" where students circle and cross out to display money combinations-master copies of the cut & glue method are still included
- Suggestions for managing the daily cut/glue activity to optimize the time students are engaged in learning vs."busy work"
- Ideas of how to adapt the daily money counting to fit your teaching style and the learning needs of your students
Please check the preview to see examples of this math journal and get an idea of how it works. Thank you so much for taking time to look at this product! Please leave feedback, as I truly value the input I receive from my colleagues as I continue to design instructional materials. You might also want to take a look at the many K-5th grade products in many subject areas I have available in my store at:
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by Amy Bratsos
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