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Facts about US Coins – First Grade Level

The gum-ball machine says one cent, the sticker machine says five cents, the horse says ten cents, and the helicopter says twenty-five cents. But what are pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters? And what are each of these coins worth? Find out by reading this text!

American Coins in First Grade – Overview

When introducing coins in first grade, it is important to start with a definition. Coins are little, flat, circular pieces of money made from metal. In the United States, coins are usually worth cents, an amount of money that is less than one dollar. We use this symbol, ¢, which looks like a “c” with a line through it to represent cents. If you have one cent, you would write it like this with the number one first and the cent symbol after. Each coin is a different size, has a different face, and is worth a different amount. Some coins are copper-colored while others look silvery.

American Coins in First Grade – Values

When teaching first graders how to distinguish coins, it helps to show coins separately first. It is also important to show both the front and back of coins for first graders. Below is a list of values and descriptions for common US coins:

  • The coin worth the least is called the penny. A penny is worth one cent and is copper in color.

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  • Next is the nickel which is worth five cents. A nickel is the second largest in size and silver in color.

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  • Just like the nickel, the dime is also silver in color. A dime is the smallest in size, but it is actually worth ten cents.

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  • Last is the quarter. A quarter is the largest in size and in value !It's worth twenty-five cents!

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American Coins in First Grade – Examples

Now that we’ve spent some time teaching coins to first grade, let’s practice identifying some! First, is the gumball machine. It costs one cent. Which coin will we need?

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We will need a penny because it is worth one cent.

Next, let’s try the horse ride. It costs ten cents. Which coin will we need now?

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We will need a dime because it is worth ten cents.

American Coins in First Grade – Summary

  • In the United States, coins are usually worth centS, an amount of money that is less than one dollar.

  • This symbol, ¢, stands for the word cent.

  • A penny is worth one cent, a nickel is worth five cents, a dime is worth ten cents, and a quarter is worth twenty-five cents.

The table below shows an overview of the names and values (in cents ¢) for each of the American coins:

Name Value (¢)
penny 1 ¢
nickel 5 ¢
dime 10 ¢
quarter 25 ¢

American Coins in First Grade – Further Activities

Have you practiced with a coins worksheet for first grade yet? On this website, you can also find worksheets about coins for first grade coins worksheets and exercises. These worksheets for first grade help students practice knowing coins and the value of them.

Transcript Identify and Value Coins

Freddie and Zuri are getting ready to go into the supermarket. "Look at those machines, Zuri!" The gumballs cost one cent, the stickers cost five cents, the horse ride costs ten cents, and the helicopter ride costs twenty-five cents. "Freddie! Let's get gumballs and stickers and go on the rides!!" Freddie and Zuri open their change purse and see several coins inside. "Do you think we have the right coins?" "Hmm, I don't know..." Let's help Freddie and Zuri by teaching them all about "Coins"! Coins are little, flat, circular pieces of money made from metal. In the United States, coins are usually worth cents, an amount of money that is less than one dollar. We use this symbol, which looks like a c with a line through it, to represent cents. If you have one cent, you would write it like this with the number one first and the cent symbol after. Each coin is a different size, has a different face, and is worth a different amount. Some coins are copper-colored while others look silvery. The coin worth the least is called the penny. A penny is worth one cent and is copper in color. Next is the nickel which is worth five cents. A nickel is the second largest in size and silver in color. Just like the nickel, the dime is also silver in color. A dime is the smallest in size, but it is actually worth ten cents. Last is the quarter. A quarter is the largest in size and in value! It's worth twenty-five cents! Now that we know about coins, we can help Freddie and Zuri match the ones in their change purse to the correct machine! First is the gumball machine. It costs one cent. Which coin will we need? We will need a penny because it is worth one cent. Second is the sticker machine. It costs five cents. Which coin will we need this time? We will need a nickel because it is worth five cents. Third is the horse ride. It costs ten cents. Which coin will we need now? We will need a dime because it is worth ten cents. Last is the helicopter ride. It costs twenty-five cents. Which coin should we pick? We should pick the quarter because it is worth twenty-five cents. Now that Freddie and Zuri have all the coins they need, let's remember! Coins are little, flat, circular pieces of money made from metal. In the United States, coins are usually worth cents, an amount of money that is less than one dollar. This symbol stands for the word cent. A penny is worth one cent, a nickel is worth five cents, a dime is worth ten cents, and a quarter is worth twenty-five cents. "Wasn't there another reason we came today?"

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Identify and Value Coins exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Identify and Value Coins.
  • Can you match the coin to the item?

    Hints

    The coin with the lowest value is copper colored.

    The coin with the largest value is also the largest in size.

    The smallest sized coin is worth 10 ¢.

    Solution
    • The strawberry cost 1 ¢. A penny is copper colored.
    • The banana cost 5 ¢. A nickel is silver colored.
    • The juice cost 10 ¢. A dime is the smallest sized coin and silver colored.
    • The cake cost 25 ¢. A quarter is also silver colored and is the largest sized coin.
  • What can Freddie buy?

    Hints

    What color is Freddie's coin? Can you remember which coins are this color?

    The nickel, worth 5 ¢, the dime, worth 10 ¢, and the quarter, worth 25 ¢, are all silver colored.

    Look at the writing on the coin, can you see any numbers written on it?

    Solution

    Freddie can buy the bear.

    He had a nickel, worth 5 ¢, which is silver colored.

  • How much do these items cost?

    Hints

    Which coin is in each picture? That is how much the item is worth.

    Remember:

    • a penny is copper colored
    • a quarter is silver colored and the largest in size
    • a dime is silver colored and the smallest in size
    • a nickel is silver colored and second largest in size

    Remember:

    • a penny is worth 1 ¢
    • a nickel is worth 5 ¢
    • a dime is worth 10 ¢
    • a quarter is worth 25 ¢

    Solution
    • The blueberry cost 1 ¢ or a penny.
    • The raspberry cost 10 ¢ or a dime.
    • The cookie cost 5 ¢ or a nickel.
    • The pasta cost 25 ¢ or a quarter.
  • Help Zuri and Freddie remember the coins' names.

    Hints

    Remember:

    • a penny is copper colored
    • a quarter is silver colored and the largest in size

    Remember:

    • a dime is silver colored and the smallest in size
    • a nickel is silver colored and second largest in size

    Solution
    • a penny is worth 1 ¢ and is copper colored.
    • a dime is worth 10 ¢ and is silver colored and smallest sized coin.
    • a nickel is worth 5 ¢ and is silver colored and the second largest sized coin.
    • a quarter is worth 25 ¢ and is silver colored and the largest sized coin.
  • Which coin should Zuri use?

    Hints

    The toy unicorn costs 10 ¢. What color and size is a dime?

    Look at the words on the coin, are any of them written numbers?

    The dime, worth 10 ¢, is the smallest coin.

    Solution

    Zuri should use this coin, a dime, worth 10 ¢.

    A dime is the smallest sized coin and silver colored.

  • Can you order the groups of coins?

    Hints

    Find the total of each group first.

    After finding the total of each group, put the groups in order from lowest value to highest value

    Remember:

    • a penny is copper colored
    • a quarter is silver colored and the largest in size
    • a dime is silver colored and the smallest in size
    • a nickel is silver colored and second largest in size

    Remember:

    • a penny is worth 1 ¢
    • a nickel is worth 5 ¢
    • a dime is worth 10 ¢
    • a quarter is worth 25 ¢

    Solution

    Here is the correct order with the totals.