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Money Concepts Songs and Activities

Tooth Fairy Poem 
Last night I lost a tooth
Just like cousin Jenny
The tooth fairy came
And she left me a penny
Last night I lost a tooth
When I ate a pickle
The tooth fairy came
And she left me a nickel
Last night I lost a tooth
When I ate a lime
The tooth fairy came
And she left me a dime
Last night I lost a tooth
It was a little shorter
The tooth fairy came
And she left me a quarter
Last night I lost a tooth
I gave a big holler (Ouch!)
The tooth fairy came
And she left me a dollar
Money Rap
A penny is one cent (stomp)
A nickel is five (pat knees)
A dime is ten cent (clap hands)
A quarter twenty five (snap fingers)
Teaching Idea: Use the body percussion for an addition problem.  Clap, Clap Snap would be 10 +10+ 25 = .45 cents.
Coin Order Tune: Ten Little Indians
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
Put them in that order.
Teaching Idea:
1. Have the some coins either plastic or cut out and have the students put them in order.  
2. Talk about how much each coin is worth and how much these coins add up to.
The Money Song Tune: Itsy, Bitsy Spider
1 cent is a penny,
10 cents is a dime,
5 cents is a nickel,
Now you know that I'm...
learning about the money,
and which coin is which.
Don't forget the quarter-
It's worth 25 cents!
Dr. Jean's Money Song Tune: Shortnin' Bread
Chorus:
I like money to buy things at the store.
Money, money, money, I always want more!
A penny's worth one cent.
A nickel's worth five.
A dime's worth ten cents.
A quarter's twenty-five.
Chorus
Lincoln's on one cent.
Jefferson's on five.
Roosevelt's on ten cents.
Washington's on twenty-five.
Chorus 
A building's on one cent.
A building's on five.
A torch is on ten cents.
An eagle's on twenty-five.



Three Little Nickels A Fingerplay
Three little nickels in a pocketbook new,
(hold up three fingers)
One bought a peppermint, and then there were two,
(bend down one finger)
Two little nickels before the day was done,
One bought an ice cream cone, and then there was one
(bend down another finger)
One little nickel I heard it plainly say,
"I'm going into the piggy bank for a rainy day!"

Three Shiny Quarters 
Three shiny quarters in a pocketbook new (Hold up three fingers)
One bought a gumball, then there were two (Bend down one finger)
Two shiny quarters, before the day was done
One bought a sticker, then there was one. (Bend down another finger)
One little quarter, I heard it plainly say,
"I'm going in the piggy bank for a rainy day!"

Teaching Ideas
1. Brainstorm with the students about different things you can buy with the coin.
2. Change the coin to different amounts and add up how many three of them makes
Found a Penny Tune: Oh My Darlin'
Found a penny,
Found a penny,
Found a penny just now.
Just now I found a penny.
Found a penny just now.
It's worth 1 cent.
It's worth 1 cent.
It's worth 1 cent just now.
Just now, it's work 1 cent.
It's worth 1 cent just now.
Change the penny to different coins and different amounts.
Wonderful Websites:
1. Money Instructor: Printable worksheets, custom worksheets, printable play money, lesson plans
2. Four Fun Games for Money Recognition: Fun games like bingo and a printable die
Favorite Money Books
1. The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy
2. Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
3. A Quarter From the Tooth Fairy by Caren Holtzman

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