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Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies

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Author:Dana Wallace
System: Muscle Shoals City
School: Highland Park Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 5626


Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies


Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
3 ) Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. [RL.1.3]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.1.3- Identify characters and setting in a story; identify details of characters and setting in a story.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
19 ) With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for Grade 1. [RI.1.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
23 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.1.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.1.4a]

b. Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.1.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.1.4c]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.1.23- Read and comprehend a text of 50 words with or without pictures.
ELA.AAS.1.23a- Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
26 ) Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. [W.1.3]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
36 ) Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See Grade 1 Language standard 37 for specific expectations.) [SL.1.6]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
38 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.1.2]

a. Capitalize dates and names of people. [L.1.2a]

b. Use end punctuation for sentences. [L.1.2b]

c. Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series. [L.1.2c]

d. Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words. [L.1.2d]

e. Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions. [L.1.2e]

MA2019 (2019)
Grade: 2
24. Solve problems with money.

a. Identify nickels and quarters by name and value.

b. Find the value of a collection of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

c. Solve word problems by adding and subtracting within one dollar, using the $ and ¢ symbols appropriately (not including decimal notation).

Example: 24¢ + 26¢ = 50¢
Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • identify nickels and quarters.
  • find the value of a combination of coins.
  • solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using dollar and cent symbols appropriately.
Students know:
  • the value of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
  • ccounting sequence and skip counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s.
  • strategies for solving word problems.
Students are able to:
  • use problem solving strategies to solve word problems involving a variety of coins.
Students understand that:
  • a variety of strategies can be used to model and solve problems involving money.
  • mathematics procedures can be used to answer questions involving daily life situations.
Diverse Learning Needs:
Essential Skills:
Learning Objectives:
M.2.24.1: Determine the monetary value of a set of like and unlike bills.
M.2.24.2: Determine the monetary value of a set of like and unlike coins.
M.2.24.3: Apply addition and subtraction strategies.
M.2.24.4: Understand key words in addition and subtraction word problems involving money.
Examples: adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, sum, difference, all together, how much more, how much is left, in all, cents, dollar, change, paid, total.
M.2.24.5: Count forward from a given number by ones, fives, tens, and twenty-fives.
M.2.24.6: Identify coins and bills and their value.
M.2.24.7: Identify symbols for dollar ($), cent (¢).
M.2.24.8: Identify coins by name including penny, nickel, dime and quarter.
M.2.24.9: Sort pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
M.2.24.10: Count 10 objects.
Examples: pennies and dollar bills.

Prior Knowledge Skills:
  • Count to 1-25.
  • Understand the concept of amount.
  • Pair the number of objects counted with "how many?"
  • Understand that the last number name tells the number of objects counted.
  • Pair a group of objects with a number representing the total number of objects in the group.
  • Count objects one-by-one using only one number per object.
  • Recognize that numbers have meaning.
  • Recognize numerals 1-25.
  • Communicate number words.
  • Point to matching or similar objects.
  • Identify a penny, dime, nickels, quarters by attributes (color, size).

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.2.24 Using vocalization, sign language, augmentative communication, or assistive technology, identify and demonstrate knowledge that money has value; limited to penny = 1 cent, nickel = 5 cents, dime = 10 cents.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

1. Students will be able to rewrite the story "Benny's Pennies" using different characters. 2. Students will be able to count up to five pennies. 3. Students will be able to retell story events in the proper sequence.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

The book, Benny's Pennies, by Pat Brisson, five pennies in a ziploc bag for each student, journal paper, sentence strips, felt tip markers, overhead money (pennies), overhead projector

Technology Resources Needed:



Students should be able to recognize a penny and know its value. The teacher should prepare sentence strips for sequencing activity by writing the events of the story on the strips. Staple journal paper togother in booklet form.

1.)Students will listen to the story of Benny's Pennies.

2.)Students will identify the characters and items purchased for each character.

3.)The teacher will ask comprehension questions about the story. Who is Benny? How much money did Benny have? What did Benny buy? For whom did he buy these items? How much money did he have at the end of the story? How did he feel about spending all of his pennies? Why do you think he felt that way? What would you buy if you had five pennies?

4.)The teacher will have the students retell the story in the proper sequence by giving students sentence strips with the events of the story written on them.

5.)The students will place the strips in a pocket chart or on a magnetic board in the proper sequence.

6.)The teacher will reread the story. The students will take a penny from their bags as Benny makes each purchase. The teacher can also demonstrate this on the overhead projector using transparent coins.

7.)After each purchase, the teacher will ask the students how much money Benny has spent and how much he has left.

8.)The students will rewrite the story, Benny's Pennies, in their journals. Each student should replace Benny's name with his own. The students will write about the items they would purchase with five pennies and include names of friends or family as characters in the story.

9.)Students will then share their stories with the class.


Assessment Strategies

The student journals will be checked for comprehension and proper sequencing. Observe the students counting pennies.





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