Sunday, March 18, 2012

Graphing Coins

Graphing Coins

I am working a bit slow this month.  It is taking me forever to get my math stations together.  
I have recreated an activity I had for my children in past years.  
In the past the children sorted the coins and counted them.  They will continue to do that however I add another dimension to it.  

To introduce the children to this station I read the book:

I shared with them how many of these coin purses once belonged to my daughter Sandy, who they know because she comes to my classroom on breaks from college. I tell them some of the stories about the coin purses.  How Sandy loved dogs and the dalmatian coin purse is her first wallet.  The  purple striped wallet she got at daisy scouts. 

I think what the children like the most about this station is that it has real money in it. 

1.      The children will sort the coins.
(I created some sorting mats to aide students at different levels.)
Click Here for a copy

Click Here for a copy

2.    Next the children will graph the results.
This is my copy, however I made a blank copy at the end of the document if you want to add your own pictures.  Let me know if you have problems.
Click Here for your copy.

3.    Finally the children will add up the total for each coin.

4.    I have a couple of students who need a challenge, they can add up the total for the entire coin purse.  

I try to check each day to make sure that they are on the right track.


  1. LOVE this idea!! Kids always love playing with money. I did a great activity with a clue game with my students. They had to read a clue, glue it on construction paper, figure out the clue, and draw the coins next to the glued clue. They enjoyed it! If you would like you can check out my blog at for more great ideas!

  2. Wow! Thank you so much for this activity! What a great way to capture info as a quick assessment. :o)

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  5. Hello Sue! I just found your blog. Have you heard of the song "Jingle In My Pocket" by Sharon McDonald or "That Makes Cents To Me" by Jack Hartmann? They're really good songs. If you're still doing money and want ideas, check out the posts titled "Magnificent Money" and "More Money Ideas" on my blog. I would love it if you could stop by!

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT


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