This unit was based on money and time and was chosen by my cooperating professional. She chose this because it was the next section in the math curriculum and felt that it would be a challenging experience for me since money and time can be a hard concept for young children to grasp. I used several worksheets from the Harcourt math textbook that was used in the math curriculum as well as created several of my own worksheets to accompany my instruction. I also tried to incorporate as many hands-on experiences as I possibly could because I believe children learn by doing and manipulating rather than worksheets alone. There were several topics that I wanted to address in my unit. There were lessons on the penny, the nickel, and the dime, comparing more and less time, using the calendar, and telling time to the hour.
One ongoing project that I conducted with my unit was Money flipbook. After each lesson dealing with money, students received a coin to glue to their cards. They had to trace the name of the coin as well as its value. Students were to use this to help them study and prepare for the unit test.
Keywords: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, money, time, life skills, coins, clock, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, hour hand, minute hand, hands on, centers, heads, tails, catagorizing,