I truly believe that when children really take a look at the various coins, checking out similarities and differences, that they latch on to information that helps them remember which coin is which.
A visually fun way to do that, at the same time getting in some comparison-contrast experience or writing practice, is with a Venn diagram.
- “If I had the option for A+ I would click it. This was the best way to help my students that struggled with telling the coins apart. This allowed them to see the differences and that was very helpful. Nickel and Quarter are so hard for them to see, and this helped a lot.”
- “Great resource, easy to use.”
Children can work independently, with a partner or in small groups to analyze and evaluate each coin.
For younger students, do this as a whole group activity, where they come up with the answers and you jot them on the worksheet. My kiddos often had difficulty with the nickle & quarter, so that Venn diagram was especially helpful.
- "Made such a big difference in my students' ability to distinguish different coins. Especially between the nickel and quarter!"
- "Great tool to compare and contrast coins. I love how they come in many different variations so you can use with a variety of coins."
I've included 15 Venn diagrams for the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar coins.
The coin graphics are excellent and very realistic.
I've included both the front and back of the coins.
Choose which ones are appropriate for your students.
This activity would be a nice addition to your Presidents' Day lessons too.
I'm Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy analyzing coins with a Venn diagram, as much as mine do. It's truly been a very successful, coin identification tool for me.
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