Spring seems to be the time when math teachers are seeking creative ideas on how to teach their students to count money. Children know what money is and that it is a basic need of survival, but it can sometimes be confusing for students to count money if they have not mastered the standard. Today, I want to share 5 simple tips teachers can do to help their math students master the measurement standard of counting money.
- Provide your students with a sheet of copy paper. As you are creating the money anchor chart, your kids can also create one. When the class is finished with their anchor chart, they can add it to their Math Interactive Notebook or use it as a test-prep study guide.
- Another suggestion is to invite your students to the carpet. The teacher will place a sheet of 8.5×11 copy paper under the document camera to display on the whiteboard. The teacher will think out loud as he or she is creating the anchor chart. The students are involved by participating in the think aloud conversation. Once the teacher has completed the anchor chart, copies can be made for each student to have.
- Anchor charts should have a variety of colors used to be visually attractive, vary the “fonts”, use different text features such as dots and dashes, underlines, bolder text, fun borders, bubbles around key concepts, etc.
- Skip Counting: It is important that your students can fluently skip count before they are ready to count money. American money is based on the number 100; therefore, I would provide daily opportunities for your kids to practice skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 25s to 100. Whether it’s during your Morning Meeting time at the carpet, a Math 4 Today worksheet, Drops in the Bucket, math centers, using a hundreds chart, place value straw bundles, cubes, etc., this is a vital math skill that must be mastered before they are ready to count money.
- Money Songs/Chants: There are so many cute money jingles I have come across in my 20+ years of teaching. I PROMISE…THESE SUCKERS STICK IN MY STUDENTS’ MEMORY TANK! I have always said if my two daughters could remember the information being taught for a test in high school or college like they do the lyrics of the latest chartbuster on iTunes, they would be in good shape for academic scholarships! On a serious note, I can’t take credit for the following chants, and I have no idea where they originated from! My favorite money chants that stuck with my students when I taught first grade are found below. We practiced these little chants EVERY DAY beginning on the first day of school! The purpose for reciting them from the beginning of the year was so that when we hit our money unit, my students were already familiar with each coin’s name and value.