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It Starts with a Penny

Teaching Monetary Units: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes & Quarters
Music With Mar.

This song is available on Music with Mar.'s "Math with Mar."

     This song teaches about the most common coins used in the U.S. monetary system- the penny, nickel, dime and quarter. Many manipulatives can be used with this song. This is my favorite.
     Use two gloves. On one hand, have a glove that has a penny on each finger and a nickel in the palm. The other would be a penny on each finger and a dime in the palm. The song begins “It starts with a penny.” Show one finger, one penny. As they add up, open your fingers and then show your entire hand for 5 for a nickel and show the other hand when the lyrics say “Ten for a dime.”
     The gloves should be double-sided so you can turn your hands around. Have fingers closed and a quarter showing on the outside of one of the gloves and a dime on the other. Open two fingers to show nickels on the dime hand. Open five nickels for the quarter hand. Take a nickel away from the dime hand and add two dimes to show that two dimes and a nickel make a quarter. To show the 25 pennies, you have a couple of options. One is to just sing it. The second is to pick up 3 gloves or a drawing of 3 hands with pennies on each finger. Another would be to add 15 pennies to your gloves.
     To have the children more involved, they could have these coins on their desks. As each concept is sung, they put paper coins (that have sticky tack or tape on them on) on their fingers. At the end of the song, the teacher can have three children come up to show 25. -- Mar. Harman

It starts with a penny. That’s one cent.
One copper penny is quickly spent
Pennies add up one at a time
You need 5 for a nickel and ten for a dime.

A nickel is silver – a dime is, too.
A nickel is 5 pennies. A dime is ten. That’s true.
A quarter is silver and bigger in size
Its 25 pennies you must realize

Five pennies make a nickel.
Two nickels make a dime.
Five nickels make a quarter.
We’ll finish up this rhyme.
Put two dimes with a nickel. What will that do?
It makes 25 cents or a quarter. We’re through!


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