Teaching Money in Primary Grades

Money activities

Maybe I’m crazy, but I LOVE teaching money in primary grades. It’s so, so difficult, but once they get it, they love it! (Except for those tricky word problems. Those are a different story.)

When I teach money, I always follow this sequential order.

1. Identifying coins and coin worth

2. Adding coins together

3. Solving money word problems- As you can see, I save the best for last…. 😉

Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money

Here is an anchor chart to start the kids out with identifying money.

1. Introduce Coins & Coin Worth

We start with our four coins. Sometimes, I’ll throw in the half dollar and golden dollar just for fun if I feel like the kids are doing okay with the other four coins. We do a lot of studying of the front, back, size, and faces of each coin.

Teaching about nickels to primary students.
Teaching about nickels to primary students.

Here is a mini book for identifying a nickel.

Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money

Centers are always a great way to reinforce the skill.

Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money

Interactive Notebooks are always a great supplement when learning our math topics.

These are great for a hands-on experience for teaching money in primary grades.

2. Counting Coins

Can you feel it? The stress of it lives here. Counting money is always very, very tough!

Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money
Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money

The Counting Money book STAYS in their school box so they can pull it out and read it on free time or early-finisher time!

Laminated math centers.
Laminated math centers.

Counting money centers help with creating a fun and engaging aspect!

I always laminate all my math centers so they can write ALL over it!

I always start with counting LIKE coins first, and then I move on to counting different coins. These pictures all show mixed coins.

Math worksheets.
Math worksheets.

With math, it is never a good idea to print off a packet of math worksheets to teach students. But in centers, for homework, morning work, small group supplement, or early finisher work, they work out GREAT!

Math printable for the elementary students.

I use this type of printable for my challenge kids.

How many ways to make X¢.

Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money
Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money

We do interactive notebook math activities about 2-3 times a week. It’s always a great reinforcement for that skill.

For counting money, it will take patience and practice! 

3. Money Word Problems

Here we are… the big-time struggle of teaching money in primary grades.

Word problems on their own are hard enough. Money word problems are a different world.

Word problems take LOTS of guided practice and patience!

Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money

Centers help because you can always group a struggling student with a student who gets it!

That way, while practicing, they are being taught by a peer.

 
Math centers for primary students.
Math centers for primary students.

Teaching Money in Primary Grades

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Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money
Money Activities for the primary classroom- money centers, money worksheets, and money interactive noteobook activities- all about coin worth and counting money
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