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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
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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