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Exploring Pennies and Dimes


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Exploring Pennies and Dimes

In this math lesson, learners examine pennies and dimes and model subtraction as they listen to a children’s book ("Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday" by Judith Viorst). Learners model amounts to 60 cents with coins, use coin rubbings of pennies and dimes, and make a chart comparing the two coins.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Number and Operations
      • Multiples and Factors
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation

Informal Categories


  • Financial Literacy
  • Literature

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Burton, Grace M.

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, ©2008

Funding Source:

  • Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation

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