# Counting Coins

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## Information about the videoCounting Coins

### How to Count Coins

Zuri and Freddie are craving some ice cream on a hot summer day when an ice cream truck drives past them in the park! Zuri and Freddie need to carefully count their coins to make sure that they can buy all of the yummy treats that they want. However, Zuri and Freddie need to learn about the coins first! Below we will explore more about money and learn how to count U.S. coins.

#### American Coins

There are four different U.S. coins that are used and are counted by adding cents.

The quarter is the largest, and worth twenty-five cents.

The dime is the smallest, and worth ten cents.

The nickel is larger than the dime, but worth five cents.

The penny is copper in color and worth one cent.

#### Counting American Coins

One of the strategies we can use to help us know how much money we have is to count by adding coins. When there is more than one type of coin, like a quarter and a nickel it is called adding mixed coins.

• Start by labeling the amount of each coin.

• Next, use a number line to add the values together. Remember to always start the number line with the largest value coin.

• Then, skip-count forward small amounts of the other coins you need to add.

• Finally, we find the total by looking at where we landed on the number line.

#### Counting Coins - Example

Below is an example of some coins that Zuri needs to add in order to buy a new sticker. If she uses a number line to add them together, how much does the sticker cost?

Start by labeling the coins and put the largest value coin one the left of the number line.

The largest value coin here is the dime, so we can start with that.

Next, skip-count right the value of the other coins.

Finally, the number we land on is the cost.

If we skip-count forward the value of the other coins, what number do we land on?

We land on the number thirty-six, which means, Zuri’s new sticker costs thirty-six cents.

#### Counting Coins – Summary

Remember when learning how to count coins ...

• Start by labeling the value of each coin.

• Next, create a number line and put the largest value coin on the left.

• Then, skip-count forward the values of the other coins.

• Finally, the number you land on is the cost.

#### Counting Coins – Additional Practice

At the end of the video, there are exercises for continued practice of counting coins as well as counting coins worksheets.

## Counting Coins Exercise

Would you like to practice what you’ve just learned? Practice problems for this video Counting Coins help you practice and recap your knowledge.
• ### Can you find the correct combination of coins?

Hints

Here is an example of how two coins could be added to make 15 ¢. Could you think of a similar combination to make 30 ¢?

Shown is how much each coin is worth.

Try adding up the coins in each of the images and see which ones equal 30 ¢. You should start with the coin that has the greatest value.

Make sure you have checked all of the combinations as there is more than one correct answer.

Solution

These are the two combinations of coins that make 30 ¢.

One way is:

10 ¢ + 10 ¢ + 10 ¢ = 30 ¢

Another way is:

25 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 30 ¢

• ### Can you choose the correct coins for Zuri?

Hints

Think about which numbers add together to 65. It might help to start by adding the coins with the greatest value.

Shown is how much each coin is worth.

Using the number line above, you would start with the 25 ¢ coins.

Solution

These are the coins that you would need to make 65 ¢.

25 ¢ + 25 ¢ = 50 ¢

50 ¢ + 10 ¢ = 60 ¢

60 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 65 ¢

• ### How many cents?

Hints

Use a number line to add up the coins in the image to find the total amount.

Here is an example of adding coins on a number line to make 50 ¢.

shown are the values of each coin.

Solution

Here are some of the different ways you can make these amounts.

• 10 ¢ + 5 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 20 ¢
• 25 ¢ + 10 ¢ = 35 ¢
• 25 ¢ + 10 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 40 ¢
• 25 ¢ + 10 ¢ + 5 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 45 ¢
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There weren't any coins that made 25 ¢ in this question. Can you think of any combinations of coins to make 25 ¢?

• ### Can you order the total amounts?

Hints

Add up the coins to find the total amount of each item.

Find the total of one ice cream order and then compare the totals of the others to it until all four are placed in the correct order from the highest value to the lowest value.

Shown are the values of each coin.

Solution

Here are the ice creams ordered from highest to lowest value.

• The two blueberry blasts cost 75 ¢:
25 ¢ + 25 ¢ = 50 ¢

50 ¢ + 25 ¢ = 75 ¢

• The sundae cost 70 ¢:
25 ¢ + 25 ¢ = 50 ¢

50 ¢ + 10 ¢ = 60 ¢

60 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 65 ¢

65 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 70 ¢

• The two purple polka dot blasts cost 63 ¢:
25 ¢ + 25 ¢ = 50 ¢

50 ¢ + 10 ¢ = 60 ¢

60 ¢ + 1 ¢ = 61 ¢

61 ¢ + 1 ¢ = 62 ¢

62 ¢ + 1 ¢ = 63 ¢

• The rainbow penguin pop cost 54 ¢:
25 ¢ + 10 ¢ = 35 ¢

35 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 40 ¢

40 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 45 ¢

45 ¢ + 5 ¢ = 50 ¢

50 ¢ + 1 ¢ = 51 ¢

51 ¢ + 1 ¢ = 52 ¢

52 ¢ + 1 ¢ = 53 ¢

53 ¢ + 1 ¢ = 54 ¢

• ### Can you match the coins to their value?

Hints

Think about the colors and sizes of each coin.

Can you see any writing on the coin that might help you?

Solution

Here are the coins with their correct values.

Remember:

• The quarter is the biggest coin and is worth 25 ¢
• The dime is the smallest coin and is worth 10 ¢
• The nickel is the second largest coin and is worth 5 ¢
• The penny is the second smallest coin, is made out of copper and is worth 1 ¢
• ### Which coins do Freddie and Zuri need?

Hints

Use a number line to add up the coins that you already know then see what amount is missing.

You could start a number line like this.

Once you know which amount is missing, think about which coins could be used to make that amount.

Solution

The image shows you which coins to use to buy the rainbow penguin pop.

If we add up the two quarters we get 50 ¢. We know we need 65 ¢. The difference between 50 ¢ and 65 ¢ is 15 ¢. One way of making 15 ¢ is by using three nickels.

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For the purple polka dot blast:

Adding up a quarter plus three pennies gives us 28 ¢. The difference between 28 ¢ and 38 ¢ is 10 ¢. One way of making 10 ¢ is by using a dime.

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For the mint chocolate sundae:

Adding up 4 dimes gives us 40 ¢. The difference between 40 ¢ and 65 ¢ is 25 ¢. One way of making 25 ¢ is by using a quarter.

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For the blueberry blast:

Adding up a quarter and a nickel gives us 30 ¢. The difference between 30 ¢ and 50 ¢ is 20 ¢. One way of making 20 ¢ is by using two dimes.