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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Show Me the Money
Description: In this lesson, students identify coins, describe their attributes, learn their value, and count like coins. Students view an interactive web lesson that provides practice. Concepts are taught using songs, poems and games.   This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Let's Go Shopping!
Description: This lesson will give students practice with adding and subtracting money using a calculator. It will provide them an opportunity to determine savings using a store coupon, and determine the change they should recieve when making purchases using $1.00 and $5.00 bills. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: What’s That Coin?
Description: This Five E’s AMSTI lesson prompts students to pay close attention to the details on each of the four U.S. coins as they learn the coin names.  Students watch a video clip about the differences in the coins, sort real coins by attributes, and describe details observed on each coin during this activity.  Student knowledge of coin names is cemented during a large group electronic coin sorting and naming activity.  Finally, small groups graph collections of coins. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Coins to Bills!
Description: In this lesson, the students will determine monetary value in the sets of coins and bills. It is used as an instructional plan to help students determine coin and bill values up to $2.00.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (2)
Title: Recognizing The Penny
Description: As an introduction to a unit on money, students will work with teacher to recognize the penny and its value. Then students will go shopping at the classroom store to practice counting pennies.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Lashes
Description: This is a fun way to teach young students the concept of counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. It is important to be able to count coins and bills and be able to make change. This lesson will sharpen money counting skills and introduce them to some new coins. Students also learn to trade coins for another coin of equal value until they reach a quarter.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What To Buy?
Description: During this lesson students get to experience shopping through a slide show. They have to choose an item and then place the correct amount of money beside the item they wish to purchase. Students also practice counting money via the Internet.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We All Scream For Ice Cream!
Description: Students will learn the value of coins and a one dollar bill and to count coin combinations. This activity will provide them with a real world experience in which to practice these skills.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2 - 4)
Title: Money Management
Description: This month-long experience educates students in differentiating between needs and wants, how to budget resources, and to gain an understanding of the workings of a capitalist society.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies
Description: Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Making Change      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students model prices mentioned in a children s book. Then they make change from a given amount by counting on from the price. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Number Cents      Add Bookmark
Description: In this six-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students explore the relationship between pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. They count sets of mixed coins, write story problems that involve money, and use coins to make patterns. Cross-curricular connections to art, science, and social studies are included in this set of lessons.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: How Many More Fish? Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use the mathematical knowledge and skills developed in the previous lessons as they play games involving comparative subtraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Exploring Pennies and Dimes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students examine pennies and dimes and model subtraction as they listen to a children s book. They model amounts to 60 cents with coins. They rub coins and make a chart comparing the two coins. At the conclusion of the lesson, they begin a word wall and make an entry in their portfolios. A science extension is suggested. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Number Sense , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Vocational Education - Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills
Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?      Add Bookmark
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Celebrate the 100th day of school!      Add Bookmark
Description: As a class, students work in small groups to create a '' 100th Day'' book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Number Cents: Modeling Prizes      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson is one of a 6-part unit from Illuminations titled '' Number Cents.'' In this lesson students use pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to model amounts to 70 cents and pay for stamps. Next, they answer money puzzles and estimate the number of pennies in a jar. They also add to the word wall they began in Lesson 1. A Social Studies connection is suggested as an extension.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: How Many Ways?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students estimate the value of collections of pennies, nickels, and dimes. They then determine the exact amount by exchanging sets of pennies or nickels for dimes. They also visit the U.S. Mint Web site, make sets of coins with a given value, and record them in a table. As an extension, they make and record patterns with the coins.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists      Add Bookmark
Description: Students use their emerging writing skills to write shopping lists. They work within a budget, use problem-solving skills to create lists, and buy their favorite treats at the class store.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Number Cents: Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students discuss and model prices, review the money words they ve learned, and play games to facilitate continuing practice. They add to their portfolio and listen to another children s book. Questions for summative evaluation are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Trading for Quarters      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students listen to a book and then find sets of coins equivalent to a quarter using pennies, nickels, and dimes. They also estimate and count coin collections and count by fives and tens using actual and online calculators. Finally, students pose and answer coin puzzle questions. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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