Money is a very hard concept for our students. My daughter is five, and she is still more excited about 4 pennies than one quarter. Young minds don’t understand the value behind the coins. I am sure a lot of you can relate to how difficult it is to teach the value of money. In the beginning, I only work on money recognition. I don’t put an emphasis on the value yet. I want them to know their coins before adding that dimension to it.
I have a student with autism who I was trying to transition to working a little bit more on worksheets, but he still needed to touch something. Therefore, I created this coin recognition activity for him that I store in a binder for him. Each one of the coins has velcro on it, so the finished work product looks like a worksheet.
This picture shows the coin storage.
The entire unit is scaffolded. In the beginning the student only has to match coins. (Yes, it was a lot of work to laminate and put it together in the beginning, but it is a lot of fun to watch them go through these independently!)
First, they only work on pennies, and the TA or the teacher only pulls pennies from the coin storage. I chose not to use any distracters at this point. The next page I would use some. As the student gradually works through the book, more and more prompts are removed from the book and different coins are added to choose from.
On these pages, the students are to sort the coins: pennies on one side and anything silver on the other side.
I am hoping to create the same laminated sheets with the coin value on it. Same concept, just that instead of having the picture of the penny on it, I would want to have the coin with 1cent in it.
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