Reflection: Student Ownership Identifying Coins - Section 2: The Coin Game


It is important with second graders to make sure they are actively involved with their learning. They need to have hands on experiences that will help them participate in their own learning. As you can see from the video, the lesson involved a lot of moving around, but it also made it impossible for students not to be a part of the lesson. If a child did not know the coin he/she was holding, another student looking for them, would reach out and say, "we are both dimes."  Students were taking ownership of their own learning by finding and helping each other identify the coins or amounts they were holding.

The lesson may not lead to mastery of coin identification, but if students are to use money to solve problems that involve adding on and taking away, as the Common Core prescribes (2MDC8), then understanding the basics of what coins are and what they are worth, is an underlying skill that students must master.


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Identifying Coins

Unit 1: What and Where is Math?
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify penny, nickel, dime and quarter and tell what each coin is worth.

Big Idea: Most students think of money when they’re asked where they see math in their world. While money is all around them, they rarely get to use it themselves. This lesson reviews coin identification

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