In Classroom Resources, Finance, Financial Maths, Number and Algebra

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 sharing their knowledge. Other students will have had limited exposure to money and what it looks like and how it is used.

  • Identify the Australian coins
  • Recognise and describe features of the Australian coins
  • Identify situations that involve money
  • Understand that different coins represent different amounts
  • Use the coins to purchase goods in a play shop
Curriculum Connections – VICTORIAN CURRICULUM F-10
FOUNDATION: Number and Algebra
  • Represent simple, everyday financial situations involving money (VCMNA075)
YEAR 1: Number and Algebra
  • Recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value (VCMNA092)
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 combine coins to make different amounts?
  • Can you use the coins to buy something in the play shop?
  • How do you know if you have the right amount?

For more information, please download the attached lesson plan.

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