Many of my second-grade students struggle with counting coins, do yours? I have some students that must run some pretty amazing lemonade stands in the summer because counting money is not a problem. Other students though, quarters, nickels and dimes, oh my!
One of the ways we practice in the classroom is by sorting coin piles. I have a big jar full of loose change and I will pull a small group and have them make a pile for all the different coins.
Once this is done I will ask students to show me various values by rolling a die or thinking of an amount. Once they show me the coins, we check them and then decide if they have shown me the value with the least amount of coins. This is also a great way to practice at home with all that change that ends up in the washing machine and dryer!
Go grab that change stash and practice sorting values large to small or how many ways they can show 25 cents
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) does not have a standard for counting money in first grade. In second grade, the jump is considerable where students need to be able to understand money and execute word problems with coins.
Here is the CCSS standard:
Here is where Counting Coins Practice with QR Code Task Cards come to the rescue
We have been playing around with QR Codes in our classroom quite a bit recently. Check out this post here where we used QR Codes to create an audio playback #supercool hallway display.
I developed the Counting Coins Task Cards to be self-checking using QR codes. We use the Counting Coins QR Code Task Cards in many different ways, small groups, independent practice or during math centers. There are answer sheets, student recording sheets and because the task cards are self-checking, they are great for independent work. The colors and sizes are lifelike to provide helpful visuals.
To use the cards, students count the coins in the image and record their answers on the recording sheet. Then students scan the QR code on the task card. Many devices are equipped with a QR code scanner out of the box or you can download a free app.
The new iPhone and many other Apple devices will now scan a code with the camera app #easypeasy just focus on the QR code and it will read the image. The answer will pop up and students can self check their answers. Students do not need to go to an additional site, the answer will appear at the top of their screen.
Included in the resource are 24 full-color task cards on a bright background. The coins are depicted in both heads and tails images which I print on white cardstock, and laminate. Lamination is not necessary but #dirtyhands 😉 These are great for small groups, math warm-ups, parent helpers, independent seat work, and early finishers.
I hope this helps your students practice with money. Until next time,