## Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Introduction to Coins - Section 2: Introduction to New Material

Most of my students remember the names of coins from first grade.  Many of them even remember how much each of them are worth and how to skip count.  However, when I first introduced money, very few of my students conceptually understood how many pennies they needed to make a dollar or what fraction of a dollar a quarter was.  In order to help my students understand the differences in the coins and how much of a dollar each one represented, I used a hundreds chart (MP7)  I first started by explaining that a dollar is made of 100 cents.  We then shaded in parts of our hundreds chart to represent the worth of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.  Using a hundreds chart helped my students to internalize the worth of various coins and what fraction of a dollar each of the coins represented. This  technique  also served students well when we started skip counting and adding coins since my students had a greater conceptual understanding of how much each coin was worth.

Use of Hundreds Chart to Teach Coins
Connection to Prior Knowledge: Use of Hundreds Chart to Teach Coins

# Introduction to Coins

Unit 10: Money
Lesson 1 of 11

## Big Idea: Students learn how to identify coins and how much each coin is worth!

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Math, Money, Number Sense and Operations, Place Value, group work, coins, coin identification
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### Caitlin Vaughan

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