A complete unit with direct instruction to the student, ample practice problems and word problems. Common Core aligned. Great for independent practice/homework.
In the unit Money & Counting Coins, we study counting coins and bills, and learn to write money amounts in cents or in dollars. Since the unit only has pictures for the coins, practicing with real coins is of course advisable. If your unit is printed in black and white, it helps to color the pennies orange before doing the exercises.
In the first lesson, we start out by counting only dimes and pennies, which is identical to practicing place value with tens and ones. The same lesson introduces the nickel. The child is instructed to count two nickels as 10 cents, which makes counting many coins much easier.
Students practice counting pennies, nickels, and dimes for two lessons. The following lesson then introduces the quarter. Children should learn step-by-step: first practice counting only quarters and dimes, then quarters and nickels, and then all the coins. If counting quarters is difficult for your child, you can delay this topic and study it again at a later time.
The lessons also include exercises for making given money amounts with coins and using coins in simple shopping situations.
Then we practice finding change, starting with very easy problems, such as buying a 40¢ item and paying with $1. Students also learn to find change by counting up. Only small money amounts are used. If you like, you can use real or fake money and set up a play store for these exercises.
Lastly, students add small money amounts in columns (where numbers are written under each other). This topic requires that they have mastered regrouping in addition.