This learning sequence requires Australian coins or replicas. Plastic coin collections and reusable coin stamps are commercially available. Alternatively, teachers may choose to make their own models and display charts using the activity resources.
A small collection of coins from Japan, Singapore and other countries from the Asia region would be useful for display purposes. If your school teaches an Asian language, it would be useful to display some coins from the countries where the language is spoken.
Students will begin to recognise and develop familiarity with the Australian currency, and recognise that other countries have different currencies.
The activities aim to assist students to:
- recognise and say the names and values of the Australian coins and notes
- make the associations between the names of various coins and notes and the numbers on them
- become familiar with the shape and relative size of coins
- create equivalent amounts of money in a variety of ways.
The difficulty levels may be adjusted to cater for different ability levels and be used beyond Year 1.
Activity 1: Money memory
Students require sets of Australian coin images on cards. Each set includes graphics of the six Australian coins (dollars and cents) and the set of corresponding values in written form ($ and c). There should be one set per student pair.
Asian coins like Japanese or Singaporean coins with its currency can be used to practise Asian money memory. Masters are provided of Japanese coins and Singaporean coins to create sets of currency cards. Some students in the class may have access to the currency of other countries. Make a set of cards representing these currencies as well.
Activity 2: Coin dominoes
Students require Australian coin dominoes to play and practise matching tiles. A master is provided in the activity that can be copied so that there is one for each pair of students.
Activity 3: Money dice
Students play with money dice, plastic dice or small wooden blocks, on which amounts of money are written on each side. The amounts may vary according to the ability of the students to add to numbers together. Optional sets can be made representing Japanese and Singaporean money.
Activity 4: Match my money
Students will use Match my money grids and sets of Australian coins to learn different ways to make amounts of equal value. Both sides of the Australian notes have been provided so that the game can be played using either or both. Japanese and Singaporean coin cards are alternative.