Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Trading Pennies for Nickels - A Free Game!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


Hello, Everybody!

Well, the Core Curriculum standards seem to be shifting our teaching of coins all around across the grade levels! That's not necessarily a bad thing, in my opinion. The series in our district had some awfully high expectations for coin combination mastery for first graders. Money is tough!  It's not a bad thing to aim high, but it sure did cause an awful lot of frustration for most of the little guys and all of their teachers! And it's a funny thing, isn't it, that all kids eventually learn how to count coins just fine, right on time for them to start actually using them!

I'm a firm believer in doing lots of hands-on work with real coins. Those little black-and-white pictures on math pages are a real puzzle for some kids, and let's not even get started on the circles labeled P, N, D, and Q in them!!

Here's a game that will have your firsties trading pennies for nickels, subitizing with dice dots (am I using that correctly as a verb??), and counting coins. Click on the picture to download "Pennies and Nickels" from googledocs.




Like the superhero on the cover, your students can conquer the challenge of coin trading!


Happy Teaching!

13 comments:

  1. This will be perfect for next year! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. Love the hero!! :)
    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
    PS If you haven't already joined my giveaway I would love to have you join!

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  3. "You're welcome" to all 3 of you, Lisa, Jessica, and Starsie! I was away this past week, and spent some of the hours on the plane mapping out ideas for lots of new freebies, so keep watching for them this summer! :)
    Linda

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  4. LOVE this - so perfect for where my firsties are at right now!
    Growing Firsties

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    1. Sometimes simple is best, right, Lisa? :) So glad this will work well for you!
      Linda

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    2. I homeschool and have been playing this with my daughter. She loves it! Thanks! I'm thinking I should make a Nickels and Dimes game soon :)

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    3. I homeschool and have been playing this with my daughter. She loves it! Thanks! I'm thinking I should make a Nickels and Dimes game soon :)

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  5. Love it! I agree with you, hands on work with real coins is the best! ;)

    Renee
    Mrs. Mathis’ Homeroom

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    1. Thanks, Renee! When I was teaching math with EM, my poor little literacy strugglers had to deal with the P(penny), N (nickel), D(dime) routine. It sounds like a good way to pack in some extra learning, but for those already struggling to keep heads above water, it was just too much1 Bring on the real coins!!

      Linda

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  6. I found you at Classroom Freebies Manic Monday. Thanks so much for the wonderful freebie! This will go perfectly in my math stations as well with my small groups. Can't wait to use it!!
    Shibahn
    Mrs. Landry's Land of Learning

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    1. So glad to hear that this will be useful for you, Shibahn! Thanks for leaving a comment!

      Linda

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