Understanding Coins - Counting

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Grade Level
Elementary School
Length of Time
30 to 45 minutes

In this lesson, students will learn about the different coins: pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. They will have a worksheet on this concept so they can count the coins.


Students will learn:
About pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
Students will count the amounts and write the total

Materials Needed

Worksheet I have provided in the lesson
Pencils and Erasers


First, you will explain the concept to the students by illustrating different problems on the board. You need to explain the value of each coin.

You can illustrate the coins by using the following:

P = Pennies

N = Nickels

D = Dimes

Q = Quarters

You can write on the board:

P P N = 7 cents

1 + 1 + 5 = 7

D D N = 25 cents

10 + 10 + 5 = 25 cents

You can write any combination for the coins and have the students tell you the answers. Then, you can give them the worksheet to do independently.

Worksheet for Understanding Coins

Directions: Count the amount of the coins in each group. Then write the total amount in the blank.

1. P P N P = ______

2. N N P P = ______

3. P N P N = ________

4. P P N N P P = ______

5. N N N N = __________

6. D D D D = _______

7. D N N D = _______

8. D D N N = _______

9. N N N D = _______

10. D D D N = ______

11. Q Q Q Q = ______

12. Q Q D D = ______

13. D N Q D = ______

14. D D D Q = ______

15. N N N Q = ______

16. Q N D N = ______

17. Q N Q D = ______

18. D D D N = ______

19. Q D N P = ______

20. P N D Q = ______


You can grade the students on the total number correct out of the total number possible.

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