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This coin collection math activity starts “Where the Sidewalk Ends”





Title – Coin Collection
By – Lizabeth Garza-Garcia
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 2

Objective: The students are expected to gain a better understanding of coin value and collection of coins.


      Mathematics 2.3:

      Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning.

    The student adds and subtracts whole numbers to solve problems:

      (C) Determine the value of a collection of coins less than a dollar.


  • Silverstein, Shel. Where The Sidewalk Ends . 1974. Harper Collins Publishers. New York, NY.
  • 15 baggies containing 4 quarters, 5 dimes, 5 nickels, and 5 pennies
  • One dollar for the teacher

Prior Knowledge:
Students were taught value of coins less than a dollar.

Procedure: Whole Class Learning

Students will be read the poem entitled, “SMART”, from his 1974 book, Where the Sidewalk Ends . Students will be asked amounts of coins from every coin exchange.

Students will be given a baggie containing coins.

Students will be given an amount and asked to concretely come up with the asked amount using only the coins provided in the money baggie.

(Example: If the amount given is 50 cents; students could use 2 quarters, or 5 dimes, 3 dimes and 4 nickels, etc.)

Students will be asked to give examples of what coins were used to come up with an amount given. (Example: Other than two dimes, how many other coins can be used to make 20 cents?)

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