Counting Money: Coins and Dollar Bills | Lessons & Word Problems

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Count the Value of Mixed Coins and Dollar Bills


38 Step-by-Step Math Lessons | Special Education Math Intervention | Second Grade Math Level


This Counting Money: Coins & Dollar Bills lesson workbook includes an example IEP goal, 38 step-by-step lessons, reviews and assessments. This evidence-based math intervention is tied to second grade standards and is great for special education math goals and tier 2 small group math interventions (RTI).

These sequential lessons are easy to teach, with enough material for 8 weeks of instruction!

Counting the value of a mixed group of coins can be tricky. This step-by-step workbook teaches students to use touch dots to make it much easier!

Most students are able to skip count by 10’s and 5’s and are therefore able to count groups of dimes and nickels without too much trouble.  It gets more difficult, though, when quarters are added and coins are mixed together.  Instead of going back and forth between counting by 25’s, 10’s, 5’s, and 1’s it is much simpler to use the touch dot method and only count by 5’s and 1’s.  These lessons introduce how to do this in a structured, sequential way.

Initially touch dots are provided, but in the next lesson students must draw their own on each coin.  Students are taught to start counting on the highest value coins and save pennies for last.


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This PDF Download Includes:

38 Lessons
3 Reviews
3 Tests

108 Pages

8 Weeks of Instruction


Students Will Be Able To:

  • Name coins and write the value of each one
  • Use the cents sign ¢
  • Skip count to find the value of a group of like coins
  • Use touch dots and count by 5’s and 1’s to find the value of a group of unlike coins
  • Compare values of groups of coins using < > or =
  • Draw coins and count their value to answer word problems
  • Read and write values with the dollar sign $
  • Count the value of dollar bills and coins (less than $10)


Second Grade Math Standard:

  • Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have? (CCSS 2.MD.C.8)


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❤️ “This is an amazing product. It has really helped my students grasp counting money. They were really struggling before, but this makes a lot of sense to them." -Amy G.


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❤️ “This is an engaging and in-depth way to teach money." -Amber S.


❤️ Age-appropriate resource for high school sped students in a life skills program. Thanks!" -Casandra W.


❤️ “My grandson loves these worksheets. He has been able to master the coins and feel confident to count by himself. I am just a grandma helping out, this has been a great help for me a home schooler. Thanks!!


❤️ “I loved using this resource for my students. It helped with learning how to identify coins and their values." -Annie G.


❤️ “I used this to teach money in my self-contained middle school classroom. I purchased this resource when I taught self-contained at the primary level and I am still able to use it at the middle school level. Touch point money is a wonderful strategy and all of my students are able to access these lessons. 10/10" -Amber K.


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❤️ “I love the visual representations in this unit. There is great practice for kids who need help with money and I love it for special ed." -Casey M.


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Hi! I am a Special Education & Title 1 teacher interested in task analysis. My resources break tasks into small and explicit steps, reducing cognitive load for learners so they can feel successful and confident rather than overwhelmed and reluctant to try. I strive to lighten the workload of teachers by making resources as practical and easy-to-use as possible. I sincerely hope my work can benefit you and your students.

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Customer Reviews

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Kathleen O'Brien
So helpful

I really appreciated having this in my toolkit!

Nicole Patterson
Great for Interventions

This program makes math interventions clear and easy. The lessons are in small chucks to work with short intervention times and they move gradually with plenty of practice at each skill.