Math Lesson Plan: Money Booklet


  1. Learning to identify coins and bills


  1. Coin stamps or enough coins to trace (1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, loonie, toonie)
  2. For each student, two 8 1/2″ X 11″ pages cut in half, like a hamburger (horizontally), to make 8-page paper booklets, by folding them in half, and stapling 4 of them together (2 full sheets makes 8-page booklet).  STAMP BOOKLETS BEFORE LESSON if you choose not to have students trace real coins.
  3. Boxes of crayons, plus gold and silver crayons for each student, to either trace coins, or colour in stamps
  4. enlarged correctly coloured poster pictures of coins and paper money ($5, $10, $20), labelled with their names and values, put in ascending order of value on the wall for students to see easily.


  1. Teacher introduces student to all the coins and bills, (poster pictures and real coins) discussing their colours, names, and identifying pictures and words (eg. 5 cent, beaver; 10 cent, sailboat; 25 cent, elk, etc.)
  2. Teacher gives out booklets.  (If you want them to colour in stamped coins, have booklets stamped ahead of time).  If coins are to be traced, teacher demonstrates how to put the paper over the coin, holding it carefully in place and tracing gently with the correct colour to get the imprint of the back of the coin, the one with the animal on it.  If stamped coins are to be coloured in, have students refer to the poster pictures of the coins, or the real coins, to ensure the correct colouring of each coin and bill.
  3. Cover of booklet is to be printed with the word “My Money Booklet……by Tina”.  Students open up the booklet and use the right page as the first page.  They can label the bottom of the page, in the centre, with the number 1 (show them how a real book is numbered).  All pages will be numbered at the bottom, so teacher can say “What coin is on page 3?  What bill is on page 8?”
  4. Coins will be stamped or traced in the order of the poster picture displayed, and their value, such as 1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, loonie, toonie, $5, $10, $20.  They will show correct colour, value, and picture.
  5. Bills will be drawn, showing correct colour, denomination (explain this word) and value, and a picture.
  6. Every page will have the coin or bill, coloured, with it’s name below it “penny”, “nickel”, “dime”, “quarter”, “one dollar or loonie”,  “two dollars or toonie”, “five dollars”, “ten dollars”, “twenty dollars”, and the page number at the bottom of the page.  There should be 9 pages, with a blank left page inside the front cover and blank back outer page.
  7. After this booklet is finished, students may keep it in their desk for a week or two, with teacher asking them occasionally to take out their Money Booklet for a few minutes and turn to page 3.  “What is the value of that coin?  What is it’s name?  What page is the dime on?  What page is the toonie on?  How many dollars is it worth?  Turn to page 5.  What is this coin called?  What is the animal on the back of this coin?”  When students can easily answer questions like this, booklets can go home.


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