The focus of this activity is to discover what students know about coins and money. Some students will be familiar with coins and will have no trouble adding the amounts – this is a Year 2 skill, but many Year 1 student will be able to cope with adding the coin, so five \$1 coins is \$5 or five 5c pieces is 25c. Other students will have a very limited understanding of coins so the focus will simply be on naming, describing features, ordering and recording with symbols.

Purpose
• Identify the Australian coins
• Recognise and describe features of the Australian coins
• Order coins (according to amount)
• Recognise that coins can be combined to make new totals
• Use knowledge of counting to find totals of small amounts of coins
• Use pictures or symbols to represent different amounts of money, e.g. 50c, \$1, \$2.50

Curriculum Connections:  Year 1 – Number and Algebra
• Recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value (VCMNA092)
• Develop confidence with number sequences to and from 100 by ones from any starting point. Skip count by twos, fives and tens starting from zero (VCMNA086)
• Represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts (VCMNA089)

Curriculum Connections:  Year 2 – Number and Algebra
• Count and order small collections of Australian coins and notes according to their value (VCMNA111)

At the end of this lesson students should be able to answer the following questions
• What are the names of the Australian coins?
• What other features do you notice about the coins?
• Who is the person on the coins?
• What animals are on the coins?
• Why do some coins have different images?
• What is the difference between the gold and silver coins?
• Can you order the coins by amount?
• Can you make different totals with the coins?
• What strategy can you use to work out how much money you have?