1. Topic-
2. Content-
Key Vocabulary:
dime, dollar, nickel, penny,quarter, value
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
Students will recognize the value of the penny, nickel, dime, quarter and dollar.
4. Objectives-
Students will:

- Recognize the value of the penny, nickel, dime, quarter and dollar
- Demonstrate how different coin combinations equal the same amounts of money
5. Materials and Aids-
*Coins for each group of students
*Envelopes or baggies for each student, each displaying a different amount of money on the front
*Set of coins for teacher display
*Book: The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy
*White board
6. Procedures/Methods-


- Group students in mixed ability pairs.
- Write a money amount on the board. (Ex: $0.23)
- Ask pairs to create the amount with their coins. Discuss if there is more than one way to make this amount with their coins. Show all examples. (two dimes, three pennies; twenty-three pennies; four nickels, three pennies; two nickels, one dime, three pennies, etc.)
- Continue until all students are successful matching coin amounts to the problem presented.
- Challenge students to try to find more than one way to show the amount with their coins.
- Ask pairs to share their answers orally.

Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Varying academic levels: uses heterogeneous grouping to allow students of differing abilities to support learning
- Visual learners: incorporates visual aids
- Kinesthetic learners: provides an opportunity for students to count their coins

Checking for understanding-

- Give each pair two envelopes or baggies. (Each has a predetermined money amount written on the front.)
- Ask students to find the correct amount of coins for their problem and place it in the envelope or baggie.
- Ask the pairs to then switch with their partner and check to see if the money amount is correct.
- Students can then try their partner's problem, trying to create the money amount in a new way.
- Switch envelopes and partners, and play again.


- Read The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy

This Lesson Plan is available at (www.teacherjet.com)