Coin Identification Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Learning to identify and name coins is the first step in money counting. This lesson plan gives you instructions for teaching students to identify coins using a game and cooperative work before students move onto independent practice.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify penny, nickel, dime and quarter by sight
  • name and differentiate between the penny, nickel, dime and quarter


1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.B.3

Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.3

Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4

Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5

Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.


  • Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters or manipulative representatives of these coins for student practice
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Zipper baggies
  • Empty milk containers saved from snack or lunch, rinsed and dry
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

Key Vocabulary

  • Penny
  • Nickel
  • Dime
  • Quarter

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