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This is a money lesson on making and using change




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Title – Counting Coins and Making Change
By – Angela Benjamin
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1-2


  • Solve problems by making change.
  • Use change to purchase items.
  • Make change using quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.

Aim: the students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of making change.
  • Solve word problems using change.
  • Understand how to purchase items.
  • Work in groups to practice making change using quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies with a partner.
    The students have learned how to count coins and create coin combinations.


  • Coin manipulatives and coin wallets
  • Classwork notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Reflection sheet


    Bring the students to the carpet, where an overview of the previous day’s lesson on money should be reviewed. The focus of the lesson should then be explained. The students should then do a shared reading of a poem on coins. Ask questions about the coins mentioned in the poem before the development of the lesson. Following the poem, a brief mini-lesson on making change should be conducted.

Development of the lesson:

    Re-introduce the concept of counting up when making change. Review various words on making change with the class. Have students work with a partner taking turns to practice buying and selling items from a toy or candy sheet containing prices and items (the sheet can be created on the computer).


    Have students practice working with a group member to buy and sell items with their money using an itemized sheet. Students will be reminded to count up from the amount of the item when they are giving back change. Students will also be asked questions about their transactions.


    During the last part of the lesson, have the student meet at the rug where various students should share their exploration using the coin manipulatives. Students should also share the different coins they used to make change.


    The students will be evaluated on what they have learned in this lesson by their ability to pay the correct amount of change when making a purchase.

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