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This math lesson involves dates and pennies




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Sarah Henderson

Sara Glover

Title: “Dates”

Grade level: 1 – 2

Time Length: One Class Period (60 minutes)

Objectives: Students will:

*Locate dates on money

*Arrange dates in chronological order

Materials: *Pennies (one per child) – – variety of dates between 1 – 15 years

*Post – it notes

*Chart paper


Anticipatory Set:

The class will be shown a variety of coins such as half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. What do all these coins have in common?

Concept Development:

Explain to the class that every penny has a date on it that tells the year the penny was made. Demonstrate to the class how to find the date on a penny and then record it on a post – it note. Write the date large enough to see it from across the room. The students will all be given a penny so that they can look for the date and record it on the post – it note.


The students will then be given the task of arranging their pennies’ dates in chronological order. With the post – it note, they will place their date under the corresponding year which is already posted on the chalk board. After discussing and analyzing the data on the board, the class will create a graph. Ask the students different questions concerning different aspects of the graph.


The teacher will observe the students to see if they can correctly locate the date on the penny, record and arrange in chronological order. The teacher will also make note of the students participation in making the class graph and how they cooperated with one another.


Ask children why pennies have different dates on them? Have the children the students go home and have them find other objects that have dates on them. Example: food containers, dollar bills, etc.


This lesson can also be extended by having the students write their birth dates on post – it notes and make a class graph representing birth dates. Compare the two graphs.


Crawford, J. (1996). Math by all Means: Money a Marilyn Burns Replacement Unit. White Plains, NY: Math Solutions Publications.

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