This St. Patrick’s Day themed math center provides students with a fun way to practice counting coins.
• A colorful “pot of gold” work mat with two pots, two spaces for 1₵- 100 cards, and two tally charts on which the students write tally marks (with a dry erase marker if laminated) for how many of each type of coin was needed to create the correct coin collection.
• A “piggy bank” work mat with the same “extras”- in case you would like to use the center during another part of the school year
• A sheet of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies to copy, laminate, and cut apart
• A sheet of the same coins with the coin name and number of cents it is worth (for students who still struggle with coin identification but can benefit from counting coins with support)
• A sheet with 3 “coin strips” (optional) to provide each student with a “desk copy” of the coins
• 12 activity sheets divided into 4 color and shape coded categories ranging in difficulty for differentiation:
3 sheets counting coin collections using only 1) dimes& pennies, 2) nickels and pennies, and 3)the 3 coins combined
3 sheets adding a quarter and asking students to generate two ways to show each amount of money
6 sheets with instructions about which coins to use (or not use) in the coin combination (“Make 43 without using nickels.”)
• 12 recording sheets-students make tally marks in the appropriate coin columns for each problem
• 12 “answer key” recording sheets-these include the amount of money each numbered tally sheet should total to simplify your checking/grading, but DOES NOT give the correct ‘answers”-there were just too many combinations that were correct to make this practical!!
You may prefer to use real coins instead of the paper coins provided-whatever fits the needs of your students
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St.Patrick's Day Money Counting Math Center Activities
by Amy Bratsos
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