## Lesson: Count and Compare Money Amounts

Developing the Concept

As children become skilled counting money amounts, they will be able to begin comparing money amounts and solving money problems. Those skills will take children one step closer to being able to use money on their own.

**Materials:** bag of money for each child: 10 pennies, 5 nickels, 5 dimes, and 4 quarters; large coins to use on the blackboard

**Preparation:** Have a bag of money ready for each child.

**Prerequisite Skills and Background:** Children should be able to count money amounts of various coin collections; they also should be able to solve multistep problems.

Pass out a bag of coins to each child. Have children take all of the coins out and place them in piles on their desks.

**Wrap-Up and Assessment Hints**

Counting money is a difficult skill for children to master. They need as much practice and hands-on experience as they can get. Provide them with as many opportunities as possible to help them develop this skill. Remind children to start counting with the coins of highest value and to count on each coin that follows. Allow children to use coins to solve multistep problems so that they will become familiar with the various steps needed to solve a problem.