Holy Cow! A Moolah unit

Let's talk about moolah. Before teaching my class anything about money I ask my students to raise their hand if they've ever held coins. Last year every hand shot straight up. We flew through money and moved on to our next unit. This year...a few hands and crickets. {chirp, chirp} How can this be? Is it because so many of us rely on our debit and credit cards to pay for things? Do kids not have piggy banks for allowance?

So as we started learning about money a handful of students that were familiar with coins caught on quickly. In Texas first graders are only expected to be able to recognize coins, know the value of each coin, and be able to count pennies by twos, nickels by fives, and dimes by tens. They aren't expected to count groups of different coins until second grade. I took at look at the CCSS and coins aren't hit hard until second grade. (2.MD.C.8) 

In order to differentiate and keep my higher kids challenged I began teaching them how to add different coins together. They LOVED it!  Meanwhile, I still had several students struggling with identifying coins. So last weekend I went back to my money unit and started revamping the entire thing! I added many more activities for coin recognition, multiple activities for adding coins, and a few items for math stations! I'm so proud of how it turned out-41 pages of AWESOME!

(Y'all will have to forgive some of the collages. I've been playing around with Picasa and sometimes it's maddening. I know what I want to do but can't figure out how to make it happen!)

I have multiple activities for coin recognition. I made sure I included images of the front and the back of the coins. 

Mystery Coins math station! Each card in this center activity gives a clue about how a coin looks, its size in relationship to other coins, and its value. I know one of my students in particular will really enjoy this one.

I have lots of activities for the value of multiple coins. Some are easy and hit those first grade TEKS, and some are challenging and really make your kiddos think. There are also math journal prompts that work well during the weeks that you teach money or as an end of the year review.

Click on the picture above to add it to your TPT wish list. 

I want to give a few of the MOOLAH units away so we'll do a little Pin it to Win It!

Pin the above picture then leave the link to your pin in the comment section below. I'll pick three winners and announce the winners tomorrow!


  1. This unit counld not have came at a better time, we are getting ready to start money. We are also teaching more than CC says. I like the attributes of each coin activity. http://pinterest.com/pin/158189005633885529/


  2. We are doing money soon and this looks absolutely precious!! My littles would just love the activities :) Pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/229542912230147774/

  3. Cha-Ching! Love it!!!!



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  5. Am soooooooooo wishing this was in Australian currency. It does look fabulous, with so many options and so much detail.
    Well done you!!

  6. http://pinterest.com/pin/74872412527541118/

    Sweet... Love it and the theme is so fun!

    Thanks for the chance to win

    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  7. http://pinterest.com/pin/218424650649816577/ I would love this packet! I have been working on money with a few students who are also struggling with coin recognition and their values.

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    Love it! I have more than a few students who could benefit from these activities. Thanks for sharing!
    First Grade Hugs and High Fives

  9. Love it!http://pinterest.com/pin/145944844147021709/


  10. I pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/316096467566274270/


  11. This looks like a great unit! http://pinterest.com/pin/157133474471336859/


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    Crystal Shepherd
    The lamppost in 1st grade math

  13. Soo cute! Keeping my fingers crossed!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  14. Nice!


  15. Hope I dd this right because it is a great unit!

  16. Whenever I teach about money I always sing "Money, money money....MONAY!" I can't sing worth a lick but it just gets stuck in my head...to the point the kids start singing it, too. :)

    You Might Be a First Grader...

    1. Me too! I finally had to download it to my iPhone just to try and get it out of my head!