Sunday, March 13, 2011

Touch Math - Touch Money


I love Touch Math, but I have to say, Touch Money is amazing!  My first grade students are finally able to combine and count money.  My math specialist and the ABA teachers at my school introduced me to Touch Math last year.  We currently use Houghton Mifflin math.  I use Math Centers and the Touch Math program as a supplement to my math program.  It works well for addition and subtraction, but it is an excellent resource for teaching students about money!  Each coin is assigned a certain number of touch points, with each touch point equalling 5.  Pennies are not assigned a touch point, they have a line under them.  The students need to be able to count by 5's before they can master combining the coins. 
You don't need to buy the program to use touch points.  Simply, have the students draw touch points on the coins on their worksheets and then count by fives to find the total value.
I made these posters using poems I found on the web years ago.  Click (here) to get the plain white version of the posters  or click on the polka dot picture below to get the polka dot version.

Mini-Cards for Math Rings
Click on the picture to download!


As a center, I have them sort a bag of coins and record the value using the worksheet below.

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be using the poems in my class. I love that they describe the appearance of the coins. My K kids have trouble understanding the worth of a coin is not related to it's size!

    Tammi
    http://havingfunk-1.blogspot.com/

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  2. Love, Love, Love! Thanks for sharing with us!!! These posters will be up in my room this week!I also use Touch Money with my firsties and think it's an awesome resource!!!

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  3. I just posted a math lesson similar to yours. I didn't even see yours until now. Don't you just love that poem! I love your touch posters. I did not grow up knowing this "trick". Thank you for sharing!

    wardswayofteaching.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank you, Erica! The nickel is stumping a few of my kinders!

    ReadWriteSing

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  5. Erica,
    You need to check out my latest blog post about Touch Math. They have a site where you can use their products, blog reviews, and then they send you free things to try out!

    http://teachinghappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2011/03/touchmath-champions.html

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  6. Those are the same poems we use with our kiddos! We use funny voices and have some hand motions to spice them up a little too. Love them!

    Morgan
    FantasticFirst.blogspot.com

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  7. what an amazing idea! :) I teach special education and this will help them SO much!

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  8. Thank you so much! Love these!!!!

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  9. Thanks for sharing! These are great!

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  10. A friend recommended using Touch Money, and these posters will be perfect! Thanks! My computer wouldn't bring up the mini-cards. Would you be willing to email me the pdf? karrianne.mcpheron@gmail.com

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  11. Love the poster. Many Thanks :)

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  12. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing

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  13. Here is a great poem I use to teach my kindergarteners the value of the coins.
    Pennies worth ONE cent
    Nickles worth FIVE
    Dimes worth TEN cents
    and Quarters TWENTY FIVE!!

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  14. Thank you so much. Just found this. My son is having a little trouble counting money and this is going to be such a big help. THanks again and God bless.

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  15. I learned these a long time ago but I called them Money Marks. Great minds think alike I guess.

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  16. Can you tell me what math centers you use with your money unit? My math program starts with mixed coins and based on my pre assessment- I need to supplement and possibly use my own resources to each this unit. Thanks for any advice

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  17. Are you able to repost the last worksheet? I can't download it and I would love to use it as a center. Thanks!

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