We have adopted common core in my school system already this year. It has been an interesting year full of new things. We have new standards and a new evaluation system and I have brand new kids. (I loop so every other year I have new kids.)Oh yeah and a new math series that I'm not really crazy about. I tried to give it a chance but it just doesn't work for me. So it's been a year.
I've tried to follow common core standards this year like we're suppose to. But there are quite a few things that seem important to me that are not in the ccss. Like money. Apparently they don't show up until 2nd grade. At least that's the word on the street. I just can't understand this. I can't possible not teach money. So I've been teaching money. I've at least been introducing it and talking about it. Some of the fun stuff we've doing with money. We compared nickels and pennies using labels. I let one student hold a penny and one held a nickel. Then we labeled them and then put the labels into a Venn diagram. (This is not my original idea. But I loved it. You can find the original idea at Forever in First.) The kids loved this. I think tomorrow we're going to compare a quarter and a dime or a quarter and a dollar. Not sure yet. Probably a quarter and a dime. I don't have enough dollars to go around. We've also been playing a trading game with money. I have on my to do list to create some sheets to go with this game. Eventually I hope to have a mini money unit on TPT. Tomorrow we're sorting money. We're going to sort big money as a class. Then they are going to sort small money with a partner and then they'll do a sheet where they sort on their own. We'll see how it goes. Until then, you can check out this sorting sheet I made. The clipart is from the 3AM teacher. I love her money unit. If you download, leave me some love.
Coin Sorting Sheet