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Students have a little St. Patrick's Day fun and practice adding coin values up to $1. Warm up, math center, and independent practice activities included--pick the ones that focus most on the coin combinations you students need the most practice with.
This lesson includes:
-6 pages of monetary combinations (less than $1) on “coins” both in color and black and white
-6 pages of corresponding monetary values on “coins” both in color and black and white
-5 “Rainbow Money Math” worksheets, matching coins to values
-5 “Pots of Gold” ready to print and use in file-folder games with the coin featuring monetary values
USE AS WARM-UPS:
Print the coins with monetary combinations and monetary values. Have students find the value of a combination or draw and label coins to represent a value as a warm up.
Challenge Question: What is a second way you could represent this same value?
Make It Cute: Cut out a large black pot for your board. Add one coin to the pot every day as it is completed. Celebrate when you have a “Pot of Gold” at the end of the month!
MATH CENTER: MEMORY:
Print the coins with monetary combinations and monetary values and cut apart. Select 10-15 combinations, and their matching values, to focus on at a time. Have students turn the cards upside down and lay them out in arrays on a flat surface. Students take turns turning over two coins at a time, looking for a match. If no match is found, the next student takes a turn. The game is over when all matches have been found. The student with the most pairs wins!
MATH CENTER: WHO HAS MORE?
Print the coins with monetary combinations and monetary values and cut them apart. Select 15-20 combinations to focus on at this time. Students play in pairs. Students divide the cards evenly between themselves and hold them upside-down in a stack in their hands. On the count of 3, each student turns over the card on the top of their deck. Students then figure out which card has the greater value. The student with the greater value keeps adds both cards to his/her deck. The student with the most cards when time runs out wins.
MATH CENTER: FILE FOLDER GAMES
Print the “Pots of Gold” and adhere them inside a file folder. Yes, you can do two inside one folder if your students are ready for it! Print the monetary value cards and locate the values to correspond to the coin combinations featured on the pots you are using. Place the coins in a plastic bag for storage. Students play by matching value coins on top of the coin combinations featured on the pot.
MATH PRACTICE: Classwork or Homework
The 5 Rainbow Money Math worksheets are great to assess students’ independent ability to add groups of coins. Use as classwork or homework as a great follow-up to in-class activities.
Coin Clipart By: Sallie Borrink @ Discovering and Doing What Works