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