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Crazy for COINS!!

Saturday.  You are beautiful!

Y'all...this week was CRAZY!  Please tell me it isn't just me.  My kiddos were on party-mode/ full moon/ spring break kind of crazy.... and we didn't have ANY of those!!

We have been cooped up in our classroom from testing, wet and muddy playgrounds, cold weather.... and we NEED TO RUN!!!  Ha!

I know some of you have had numerous snow days lately and are probably *ready* to get back into your classrooms!

This coming Monday...we have a *CHANCE* of some light freezing drizzle.... and here in Texas... that's all we need to cancel school!  (I'm not kidding!)

So it's probably a good thing that we just finished up our unit on Coins!!  Let me just say... we have been working with numbers and place value for FOUR months straight!  I was 12 kinds of excited to get onto something new!  (and so were the kids!)

For the last two-ish weeks, I have been creating as we go and finally compiled ALL of our activities PLUS MORE into an almost 100-page packet for you!

We started off by introducing the coins and learning their attributes.  I made LARGE classroom posters from butcher paper, however I eventually wanted something simple and colorful with the basic characteristics of each coin!

I had my students make their own coin booklets too, which they had to identify the coin both front and back.

My kiddos also got to make their coin hats!  Simple, yet they had to identify the coin and the coin name.

(I just copied the title onto bright paper and the coins on white to let them color!

Here are some little wallets you can also make!  (We REALLY want our kiddos to be able to identify coins and their worth!)

(Use a 9x12 piece of construction paper!)

After learning what each coin is and how much each coin is worth, we began working with multiple coins together, starting with pennies and nickels.  

Students had to identify the amount of the coins together.  We made these FUN sorting pockets and went to sorting!

We did a 3-pocket folder (as shown below!)

Then go to sorting!

The next day we became some serious detectives!  We were called to solve the "Case of the Missing Coin". 

We had REAL coins in our "evidence" bags.  You can pick any number of coins you want your students to pull out.... I chose SIX!

They had all the detective gear!  The hat, the evidence, and of course their magnifying glass!  I mean.... what detective looks at evidence without one?!  Not us!

After they picked out their SIX coins, they found the same matching paper coins and glued into their magnifying glass.  

They filled out their TOP SECRET detective sheet that described the coins they pulled out and the total amount.  (Some needed some help with this... but they LOVED it!)

We just placed our detective pieces onto a piece of construction paper to keep it all organized!

Later this week, we HAD to go shopping!  

We had a fun little "Coin Carnival" with some extra yummy goodies!  

The poster had all of our items and their price.  (I laminated the poster that afternoon so it can be used in future years!)

Students had to select TWO items they wanted to purchase.

The activity has the students choosing their two items and building the amount with coins in order to purchase the items.

Here is a peek at some of the other FUN activities in the packet!

Just place some coins in a cup and shake out!  Students will sort how the coins landed.

Here is a look at some centers that are included!

Some fun and EASY spinner games!  I have included multiple variations depending on your learners!

and of course some simple and NO PREP printables!

(interactive pages, foldables, cut/paste, and MORE!)

You can get ALL of these activities AND MORE in my "Crazy for Coins" packet!

Want to check out the packet?!  Just click on the picture above or click HERE!

The first THREE people to comment will WIN the packet for FREE!!!  
(in case you missed the Facebook giveaway!!)
Don't forget to leave your email address!!

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Jessica Travis
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  1. I love this!!

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    1. Some of that got deleted. I'd love to win this! It looks amazing. That is my email address. :)

  3. Blech! I kept trying to comment and it would not go through. :(

    1. Looks like a wonderful product. That detective idea looks so fun!

  4. Love this! I love all the centers especially! Already have the posters hanging you posted for free.

  5. This looks like a great resource for teaching a difficult skill.

  6. Wow! This is exactly what we're working on right now. I NEED this packet!!


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