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Updated 7-28-05



ABC Money Rap

(written by Ali from Kinderkorner)


Learning coins is fun for me.
A penny is one cent, hooray!
Five cents make a nickel, you know.
A dime is worth ten cents you see.
Twenty-five cents is a quarter, oh my.
Kinders know about money!



Coin Poems


Penny Penny, easily spent,
Coppery brown and worth 1 cent.

Nickel Nickel, thick and fat,
You're worth 5 cents, I know that!

Dime, Dime, little and thin,
I remember, you're worth 10.

Quarter, Quarter, big and bold,
You're worth 25 cents, I'm told.

Half-a-dollar, Half-a-dollar, giant size,
50 cents to buy some fries.

Dollar, Dollar, green and L-o-n-g,
Worth 100 cents, you can't go wrong!!!

Money Rap

Well I know a song.
It's really kind of funny.
It's all about coins
And learning to count money.

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters!
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters!

Now a penny means one
(hold out 1 finger)
And a nickel means five.
(hold out 5 fingers)
Dimes are worth ten (
hold out 10 fingers)
And quarters twenty five.
(flash... 10 twice & then 5)

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters!
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters!

Five pennies in a nickel.
(hold out 1 hand- fingers stretched)
Two nickels in a dime.
(hold out 2 fingers)
Five nickels in a quarter.
(hold out 1 hand - fingers stretched)
You'll know it every time!
(using both hands do a downward motion)


Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters!
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters! Yeah!!!

Dr. Jean's Money Song
(Tune: "Shortnin' Bread")

I like money to buy things at the store.
Money, money, money, I always want more!

A penny's worth one cent.
A nickel's worth five.
A dime's worth ten cents.
A quarter's twenty-five.      Chorus

Lincoln's on one cent.
Jefferson's on five.
Roosevelt's on ten cents.
Washington's on twenty-five.       Chorus

A building's on one cent.
A building's on five.
A torch is on ten cents.
An eagle's on twenty-five.         Chorus

Bubble Gum Song

The chorus is:

"Oompa, oompa, bubble gum!
Oompa, oompa, bubble gum!"

1. My mommy gave me a penny.
She told me to buy a jenny. (
a mule)
But I didn't buy a jenny.
Instead, I bought bubble gum.
2. nickel-pickle
3. dime-lime
4. quarter-porter
(porter house steak)
5. dollar-collar

Money Song
(Tune of Itsy, Bitsy Spider)

1 cent is a penny,
10 cents is a dime,
5 cents is a nickel,
Now you know that I'm...
Learning about the money,
And which coin is which.
Don't forget the quarter-
It's worth 25 cents!



Magic Money (cleaning pennies)

(Parents Magazine, March 95)
Place pennies, a small bowl, a shaker of salt, a small squeeze bottle filled with white vinegar, a box of cotton swabs, and a small paper napkin on a tray. Have the child put a penny into the bowl, sprinkle it with salt and then cover it with a few drops of vinegar. The penny starts to shine. He can help the process by scrubbing the penny with a cotton swab. He can then wipe it dry on the napkin and place it into a piggy bank - or some other box.



Three Shiny Quarters

Three shiny quarters

In a pocketbook new.

(Hold up three fingers)
One bought a gumball,

Then there were two.

(Bend down one finger)
Two shiny quarters,

Before the day was done
One bought a sticker,

Then there was one.
(Bend down another finger)
One little quarter,

I heard it plainly say,
"I'm going in the piggy bank

For a rainy day!"


Use a coin mat to make coin trades. Once five pennies are in the one cent column, trade them for one nickel and place it in the five cent column.


Found a Penny


Found a penny,
found a penny,
Found a penny just now.
Just now I found a penny.
Found a penny just now.

It's worth 1cent.
It's worth 1 cent.
It's worth 1 cent just now.
Just now, it's work 1 cent.
It's worth 1 cent just now.


Money Center

Bury coins in some material--this is oatmeal. The students find the coins and  sort them.



Then they stamp how many they found on a paper similar to this one.

Tape large coins to the children's backs. Have the rest of the class give the student clues (it's worth 5 cents, it's brown, it's big, it has Abraham Lincoln on it) to help guess the coin on his back.

Set up a classroom monetary system--I only used pennies and nickels. Give the children "pay" for coming to school (6 cents), bringing books (2 cents), and returning paper (2 cents). Have them "buy" mid-morning snacks (4, 5 or 6 cents) and pay for misbehavior (they had to pay 2 cents if their card was changed.) AT the end of the day, they count their money and buy items from our class treasure chest. This is very time consuming so I wouldn't do if for longer than a week or two; but it really did help them learn to count money.

This trading coins paper is from Box It or Bag It, but could easily be created with coin stamps. This boy put five pennies on this paper. Next he traded the five pennies for a nickel.


This girl traded five more pennies for another nickel. Finally she traded both nickels for a dime...


Pocket Change
Glue several paper pocket cutouts onto a sheet of tagboard. Stamp coin amounts on the pockets. Have students count the amounts and write it down on paper and slip it into the pocket.



Cut out about 10 hand shapes and stamp coin amounts on each one. Make up about 20 cards that have item pictures along with prices that match the hands. There should be two choices for every hand. Have students practice matching.


The Human Clock


The Grouchy Ladybug (Eric Carle)
12 large (8.5 x 11") cards with numbers 1-12
blue satin ribbon (hour hand)
red satin ribbon (minute hand)
small index cards with specific times on them
paper bag or hat to hold the small cards

1. Read the story to the children and discuss.
2. Select 12 children to be the "hours". Have them form a circle, with the
numerals in the correct position.
3. Select 2 children to be the "hour hand". One child stands in the center
of the circle and holds one end of the blue ribbon. The other child stands
near the edge of the circle (near the numbers)
4. Repeat for the red ribbon (minute hand)
5. The "callers" pick a time card from the bag and announce the time. The
children who are holding the ribbon move to the correct "time".

Depending on the number of children, you may vary the children for the tasks. This is always a fun lesson. Children can use cardboard clocks to
follow along if you have a large group.

From Mary in Brooklyn





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