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Coin Blocks: Counting Money with Value-Sized Blocks

This lesson develops number skills, understanding of coin values, and the concept of equivalence. Students use coin blocks, concrete representations of the value of coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters), to compose and decompose values up to a dollar. The resource includes a 3-minute video for teachers on how to build the coin blocks prior to the lesson. An interactive game, Coin Box, provides additional practice for students and is cataloged separately.
Contributed by: Jennifer Rising - Author, NCTM Illuminations - Publisher
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade LevelPre-K, K, 1, 2
Resource TypeActivity, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorJennifer Rising - Author, NCTM Illuminations - Publisher
    • Publication Date2011
    • Rights(c) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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      By bethb on 09/05/2014 - 17:02
    • The idea of using coin blocks with students who struggle with the value of coins is amazing! I cannot wait to try this with my students!