Elementary, 1st Grade
Learning Context/ Introduction
This learning experience will be an introduction to coin identification by name and amount. Students will be exposed to video clips, a PowerPoint, SMART Board activities, and an assessment to see if students grasped the material taught. Most students have some prior knowledge of coins due to everyday exposure with money.
Why is it important to be able to identify coins?
This lesson will be completed over a five day period. Each work period is approximately a 30 minute block of time.
- Students will watch the first video clip on coin identification. This video will identify the coins by name and some of the coins characteristics.
- Following the video clip students will use a handout to sort the coins based on the coins image and name. This will be completed in small groups (3-4 students per group).
- While students are sorting the coins go to each group and discuss the characteristics of each coin, using the Coin Sorting handout.
- Students will watch the second video clip on coin identification based on value. This video discusses the value of each coin and how to count each coin.
- Following the video clip students will practice adding pennies by counting by ones, nickels by counting by fives, and dimes by counting by tens. Since this lesson is an introduction, quarters will be addressed at a later date but will be mentioned by their value.
- A PowerPoint presentation (attached below) will be shown to students to review what they saw in the video clips. Throughout the presentation, a discussion will take place about each coin and its characteristics.
- Following the PowerPoint, students will use the SMART Board to complete two activities in which they will be identifying coins by name and value (attached below).
- Students will take turns at the SMART Board completing the activities. Students will be able to check their own work immediately and will be given feedback by using the check button on the SMART Board.
- Students will be assessed on this day to see how well students are grasping the concept of coin identification.
- Students will watch the PowerPoint again as a quick review prior to the evaluation.
- Students will be assessed using two handouts (attached below). The first handout students will be asked to identify coins by name by writing the coin name under the image. The second will be a handout that will assess if students can identify a coin by its amount. Students will have to draw a line from each coin to its amount.
- A rubric will be used to assess each students performance on the entire lesson from Day 1.
Coin Sorting Handout.docxIdentifying Coins - Microsoft PowerPoint.pptCoin Identification - SMART Board ActivitiesCoin Handout 1 - Coin Identification by Name.docCoin Handout 2 - Identifying Coins by Value.doc
- Students will be put into 4 groups of 4-5 students.
- Each group will be assigned a coin (penny, nickel, dime, or quarter). Each group will come up with 4-5 terms that describes the coin they were assigned.
- Once they have a list of terms to describe their assigned coin then they will use the website www.wordle.net to create a Wordle word cloud for their coin. Students will input their terms and choose the font, colors, layout, etc...for their Wordle.
- Once they are finished each group will present their Wordle to the rest of the class as a review for each coin.
- Prior to beginning this assignment students will be provided with an overview of the rubric that will be used to grade their assignment.
The rubrics used in this lesson are attached below.Coin Identification Rubric.docxCoin Wordle Rubric.doc
Student work is attached below. Attached is the graded rubric and handouts that the students completed.Coin Handouts Graded Student Work.pdfWordle Graded Student Work.pdf
The only accommodations that were necessary for this lesson were for a few of my students who are struggling in math. They were pulled into a small group to monitor comprehension of the skill being assessed. An extra mini lesson on identifying coins was given to this small group of students who seemed to be having a difficult time with the concept prior to giving the assessment. No other accommodations were made.
For this lesson I used video clips from the library media center WebMax. The titles of the videos are listed below, however, these video clips could be substituted (see below).
Video Clip 1: Counting Money: Identifying Coins - Sunburst Visual Media @ 2004
Video Clip 2: Counting Money: Identifying the Value of Coins - Sunburst Visual Media @ 2004
The video clips used in this lesson are from a media center. If your school does not have WebMax or something similar I suggest doing an internet search for educational coin videos or checking with your school librarian. I did an internet search and found that www.pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/video/#2 had a free coin counting video. Also, www.rocknlearn.com has many videos including one on identifying and adding coins, however, this does need to be purchased.
All coin images were used from the US Mint website: www.usmint.gov.
In order to complete this lesson you will need to use all teacher made handouts which are attached in the procedures section. You will also need the teacher made PowerPoint which is also attached in the procedures section. Lastly, there are SMART Board activities used in this lesson. The activities have been attached in the procedures section as well.
Reflections and Feedback
This lesson went very well. The variety of technology incorporated into this lesson helped to keep the students attention. They enjoyed watching the video clips and then participating in some of the same activities that they saw the children in the videos doing. My class also enjoyed the SMART Board activities and creating a wordle. This will be a lesson that I will continue to use in the future.