For the first 100 days of school we use this poster (below) to count to 100. I loved that the students practiced counting on and counting by tens every day!
As we approached the 100th day we started thinking about how to continue counting and how we could make it more functional. One of my fabulous classroom assistants suggested using pennies and nickels to count. Brilliant! Better yet... she even made me the poster! I am seriously blessed!!
During morning meeting, we put a penny on the green strip. When we get to 5 pennies in a row, we put a nickel on the yellow square. When we count the days, we count the nickels on the yellow squares and then the single pennies. For example, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13.
We also put a dollar bill at the top of the chart so we could talk about how we already counted to 100 which is like counting up to a dollar.
See? Isn't that a super easy way to practice coins during morning meeting?! It only takes a minute, but it is great to have another way to practice it.
Looking for more ways to practice coins? Check out our coin unit:
Want to read more about our morning meeting? Click the pictures below to read about the different ways we add movement, practice socials skills, calendar skills, etc.