Grade: Elementary
Subject: Mathematics

#3619. Rolling For Money

Mathematics, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Jan 17 15:19:23 PST 2006 by Alyson Basden (
Crosswell Elementary School, Easley, USA
Materials Required: Dr. Jean's "Money Song", pencil, paper, cubes, play money (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters)
Activity Time: 35-40 minutes
Concepts Taught: Counting Money, Adding

Grade: 2nd

Objective: SW be able to (1) determine the value of a group of coins (2) identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters (3) count a collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.

Advanced Organizers: The teacher should have play money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters) on hand to demonstrate how to count the money. The teacher should also make cubes (or buy cubes) and tape the different coins on each side (you will have to use two of the same coins twice). * You can buy money stickers to place on cubes or tape the play or paper money on the sides of the cubes.*

Introduction: SW review each coin by singing "Money Song" by Dr. Jean. TW review each coin (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter) by holding up the coins and discussing the appearance and value.

Modeling/ Check for Understanding: TW review how to count a collection of coins by demonstrating how to count a group of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters with the play money. TW have the students count the play money (collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters) together to see if students understand the concept of counting a group of coins.


1.The teacher will place each student with a partner.
2.The teacher will give each group one of the pre-made dice and explain that each student will take turns rolling the die.
3.The first person rolls the die and the partner should draw the coins (circle with the amount in the middle) he/she rolls on a piece of paper. The first person rolls the die three times as the other partner draws the coins each time. The partner drawing the coins should add up the coins (I get my students to add the amount up under the coins) and write the total. The person rolling should check to see if the total is correct.
4.The partners should then switch (roller now draws and adds the coins and the previous drawer rolls and checks the work).
5.Each group should roll a total of six times (each person will get three turns to roll and three times to draw and add the coins).
6.Once the students are finished, they can share their data with the class.
7.The class can compare/contrast data.
8.The teacher should explain why counting money is important in real life.


The teacher can observe students while they are completing the activity to see which students are having trouble identifying or adding up the coins and which students are correctly completing the activity. The teacher can help if needed. The teacher can also collect the papers and check their work.