Coin Counting Game Boards scaffolded for better student understanding. Please be sure to download the preview to see images clearly. You can also get a freebie of the first board by clicking here
When teaching my second graders how to count change, I’ve noticed that many begin to flounder when switching between the coins. Over the years I’ve scaffolded my teaching delivery to concentrate on mastering one coin at a time and building upon that success as we add in higher monetary amounts.
I designed these game boards to help with that purpose. They also help kids develop their subitizing abilities, concept of number, and skip counting skills.
All you need to play is the board, some school money, and a six-sided die. If you want the game to progress faster, an eight-sided die will do the trick. I’ve included a worksheet for accountability if you’d like your students to keep track of their money counting in writing.
There are four game boards on six levels of difficulty, each with a page of directions. I created these in color, because that’s what my kids respond well too- but they turn out just as nice if you select that you’d like to run them in gray scale. I have done that to send a copy home with my kids, and they happily color on top of them if they want to make it more snazzy.
For classroom use, I recommend printing on cardstock and then laminating for longer durability. I’m including two links to YouTube videos of my students demonstrating the game so you can have a visual to go with the written directions. The second video shows the counting in and down and sweeping maneuvers to exchange coins.
– blog post with two videos
– YouTube Video of level two game play
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