## Lesson: Count and Compare Money Amounts

Introducing the Concept

Before counting and comparing any money amounts, you should review coin names and coin values with the children. Reviewing these ideas will help refresh their memories of the value of each coin and will help prepare them to start counting groups of coins and finding total amounts for these groups. You can review skip counting with the same types of coins to remind children how to skip count with money. As children develop their money-counting skills, they will be able to make change, and eventually they will add and subtract various money amounts.

**Materials:** play coins—a set of at least 10 pennies, 5 dimes, 5 nickels, and 4 quarters for each child or group (Learning Tool 36 in the *Learning Tools Folder)*

**Preparation:** Put the coin sets in bags for each child or pair.

**Prerequisite Skills and Concepts:** Children should know the names and values of each coin, and how to skip count by 5s, 10s, and 25s.

Give each child (or pair of children) a bag of coins.

Have the children spill the coins onto their desks and sort them into groups of the same coins.