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Common Cents

Jennifer Slichter
S. S. Dixon Primary (Santa Rosa District Schools)


Kindergarten students enjoy this imaginative hands on unit on money. Over the course of a week they learn about money through teacher instruction, hands-on activities, group games, manipulatives and role-play. The concepts of exchanging money for goods and saving money for future wants will come alive to students as they have the opportunity to spend "toy money" they save during the week in the class "toy store."


The unit will address the following questions:

What is the basic concept of exchanging money for goods?
What are basic similarities and differences in coins?
What are the values of a penny, nickel, and dime in relation to each other?
What are some ways number stories can be created and acted out using coins?
Can patterns be created using coins as concrete objects?


The planned duration of this activity is 7 days.

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Lesson Plans

Penny Pinchers
This is an entertaining kindergarten lesson on money. Students are introduced to the penny and a classroom "toy store."

Dynamite Dimes
This is a fun and entertaining lesson on dimes called Dynamite Dimes. Students have the opportunity to explore dimes in a game format. Students learn through teacher instruction, hands-on experiences, group activities and games. (This is the second lesson in the unit, Common Cents).

Give Me Five
Give Me Five is the third lesson in the unit, Common Cents. It is an interesting lesson on nickels. Students learn money concepts through entertaining games, teacher instruction, hands-on activities, role play and partner work.

Money Matters
Money Matters is the fourth lesson in the unit, Common Cents. In this lesson, students practice adding, exchanging and comparing coins through games, hands-on activities and role-play.

A Trip to the Toy Store
This is the fifth lesson in the unit, Common Cents. This is a fun, entertaining lesson where students are given the opportunity to practice skills they have learned during the week about money and spend money saved on a toy of their choice.
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