Independent Money Counting Cards
Graphics by The 3AM Teacher
I created these cards last year as a means for my second grade students to be able to independently practice counting money at their own level. I was amazed at the results! Once the students are taught how to do them and have practiced with supervision and help a few times, I am able to split them up into four different leveled groups and facilitate while going back and forth to different groups. They can work in partners, by themselves, or with a group. Also, I often give a leveled student list to a parent helper and have them work with the kids on counting money!
On each card, you will find on the front a mixed group of coins in random order with directions to “add the change.” On the back, the same coins are sequenced from greatest to least in value. Under each coin, there are numbers to count the change as it goes and the answer. Please see the sample pictures for further understanding.
How will this look when students are using them? Students pull a card out of their assigned leveled bag. They look at the coins on the “add the change” side and pull out those coins from money drawers with fake change and bills. On a mini whiteboard, they lay out the coins in a “money train” (money ordered from greatest to least). Underneath their money train on their whiteboard, they write as they count (10¢, 15¢, 25¢, etc. and then the answer). Then they flip the money card over. If they got the answer correct, great! If they didn’t, they are able to see where they made the mistake and correct their work. They are also able to see if they wrote the answer correctly with dollars or cents signs, decimals, etc.
*Directions for constructing the cards
*Organization for classroom use
*How to use the assessments to level students
*How to implement the use of the Independent Money Counting Cards in your classroom (Pictures & tips for teaching)
*Money Names & Values chart
*Independent Money Counting Cards student directions poster
*96 money counting cards (24 per level):
-Level N: pennies & nickels
-Level D: pennies, nickels, dimes
-Level Q: pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters
-Level $: pennies, nickels, dimes quarters and dollar bills (ones, fives, tens, twenties)
*4 assessments (2 12 problem tests-3 problems per level, & 2 8 problem tests-2 problems per level)
*Assessment answer keys
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