Lesson Plan : Money Makes Cents

Teacher Name:
 Mary Brandenburg
 Grade 1

 Learning to identify coins by name and value.
 Everyone needs to know what money is and what to do with it. My special education students need to know the names of money and the value in order to be as independent as possible. By learning the words, penny, nickel, dime and quarter, they will be able to purchase items by someone asking them for the correct coins.
 To learn to identify each coin by name and value.
 In this first lesson I hope students will grasp an initial understanding of what money is and what they do with it. Most of my students know what a penny is and that it is worth one cent. A penny is easily identifiable because it is brown. The other coins can also be identified by individual characteristics such as the nickel is thick, the dime is small and the quarter is the biggest with ridges. Working with this characteristics, after a few repetitious lessons, they should gain knowledge of how to identify each coin.
 Realistic coins, worksheets with color pictures of money and matching amounts, other worksheets with color pictures of money and 2 different values under each picture.
 Holding up money for them I would ask them what it is. Most of them know what money is in general. Then I would ask them what do you do with it? Giving each child an opportunity to respond to that question, going around the room, I would have them tell what they would buy with it.
 The first run through would be to hold up each coin individually and tell what it is. The second time through I would explain it's own characteristics; such as a penny is brown, a nickel is thicker, a dime is the smallest and the quarter is the biggest one with ridges. This needs to be done several times for them to grasp a beginning understanding. After a few times I would add the value to the discussion.
 This would consist of holding up each coin in order of value and asking students at random what they are. After a few run throughs I would ask the same question but the coins would be out of order. They would then proceed to take a worksheet with colored pictures of coins and cut them out. They would then paste them next to the value, even though we haven't touched on this yet extensively yet.
 All students in my classroom have individualized instruction.
Checking For Understanding:
 I would circulate around the room and help each student individually giving them praise and positive feedback.
 I would close by asking them if they like working with money. I'm sure they will be excited! I would then explain to them as they get better as this activity we would set up a store and they can purchase items in the classroom! This gets them set up for future activities.
 By working with each student individually, I can immediately assess what they comprehend and if I need to back up the lesson for them.
Teacher Reflections:
 I would have a rubric for each student and write on it what they understood and at what part they lost comprehension. This is important because you can easily forget what each student can comprehend. At times I have had several different money lessons going on at the same time and it's easy to loose track of who is proficient at what.

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