Adventures in First Grade

Monday, March 26, 2012

Money, Money, Money

We've been working on money for the last week or so in math.  The kids are doing quite well with identifying the coins and their values, but we're having some trouble counting mixed coins.

I decided to turn one of my literacy stations into a math station to give extra practice.

Let me take you on the ten cent tour....

I have included some of my money books.  If you haven't read it, Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday is really cute.

I got the penny and hundred dollar bill puzzles from Target's dollar aisle a few years ago.  They are quite a challenge.  Especially the penny because the puzzle is round!

In this basket are some counting coins wipe-off books.

This tub contains a hodgepodge of money "stuff."  There are flashcards, puzzles, piggy banks with amounts written on them and the kids have to make the same amount, etc.

I have a question for you.  Do you think, what with our society being one of debit/credit cards, that our students are sometimes lacking in money knowledge?  I know that I am guilty of just using my debit card - I rarely carry actual money.  I am anxious to hear your thoughts.

Happy Monday!


  1. I think money is a hard concept no matter what the grade level. I teach in building where about 93% of our students are free/reduced lunch. Unfortunately, some of those kiddos haven't been exposed to money of any form.

    With new common core standards, money won't be taught in 1st grade....we can teach it as place value and through social studies, but it will no longer be a math objective for us.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  2. Regardless of whether it is in our curriculum, I still think it is important to teach about money, even in first grade.
    First Grade Blue SKies

  3. I hear ya - I use my debit card more times than not.

    My boys are still "money grubbers" lol - I have a first grader and a fourth grader who get allowance weekly, and birthday money, and find loose change around the car/house, tooth fairy, while they don't see my handling money a ton, but handle their own when we go shopping, etc. Can't speak for other families though.

    It is a HARD concept for them to get though, isn't it? When we count by 5's and 10's in the morning I try to connect that to counting coins "Wow, that's just like counting dimes,pennies, etc."....

    Looks like you've got some fun stuff there and sorry for the marathon post! HA!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  4. Love the math centers! I often wonder if the world of debit/credit cards does have an effect on our kiddos! We will continue to learn and practice money even with the Common Core changing. It's such a difficult thing to learn, that I think it's important that we still give it some time!

    We read Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday on the 100th Day of School! My kiddos loved it!!

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  5. I have that exact money poster! :)
    I think you're right about the card system -- I never carry money. If I do, I spend it right away. And then I put the coin in the "Feed the Children" container. We start money in a couple of weeks. Good luck!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. I rarely ever have cash on me. I honestly don't even think I have any coins. I think in today's world most people use plastic. I agree that with how our society is, they probably lack essential background knowledge.

  7. I think money is a very hard concept. It is soooo hard for my firsties to count by 10's, then switch to 5's and then to 1's. Counting mixed coins is very difficult!!

    Like Kristin, I have that same money poster!!

    The First Grade Dream