Teaching Australian Money

Classroom ideas, hands on play based activities and ready to print resources to make teaching Australian coins easy.

I love teaching Australian money. It would have to be one of my favourite parts of the Australian Curriculum for Maths. 

I do believe teaching young children about money and financial matters is an important lifelong skill. 

In their second year at school, Australian children begin to learn about Australian coins - how to recognise, describe and order the different coins according to their value

Teaching Australian Money - classroom ideas and ready to print resources perfect for teaching Australian coins in hands on play | you clever monkey

Research tells us that one of the most effective ways for students to grasp new concepts is through hands on learning activities. Allow opportunities for students to manipulate, sort, order and reason in various ways is the KEY to helping them understand these concepts.

One of our favourite activities in class is to use our giant sized Australian coins.

A simple warm up activity that gets everyone moving is to hold a GIANT coin of each value and stand up in front of class while the remaining students instruct their friends where to move to put the coins in the correct order. 

In the absence of sharing student's images, our favourite Happyland people are happy to stand in for us to demonstrate.  

You can grab your copy of our giant Australian coins and word wall cards for FREE here.

Teaching Australian Money - classroom ideas and ready to print resources perfect for teaching Australian coins in hands on play | you clever monkey

To start with the goal is to place the coins in the correct order by value not by size or number. 

Once your students become more confident, you can still do this same quick sort and try to get the coins in the right spots with the fewest moves. 

I also use a worksheet version of this activity as a preassessment to see what my students already know about the different coins and their values.

Teaching Australian Money - classroom ideas and ready to print resources perfect for teaching Australian coins in hands on play | you clever monkey

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I've posted ideas for teaching Australian money before but have plenty of other teachers asking me to post some of the hands on resources I use in class to help my students learn how to identify, differentiate and order Australian coins by their value. 

Game play is always popular with this age group! To help build my students coin recognition, I made these Coin Connect 4 game boards. 

They can be played two ways - 

- with our printable Australian coin dice
- take turns to draw real or pretend coins out of a container to place on the boards

First one to make 4 in a row wins!

Teaching Australian Money - classroom ideas and ready to print resources perfect for teaching Australian coins in hands on play | you clever monkey

These simple sorting mats have been a popular addition to our math centre activities.

Children can sort all the Australian coins to their own piggy bank before counting them. 

I also create a sorting mat with blank amounts so I can place write different amounts in there for more capable children to match the correct value of coins to.

Teaching Australian Money - classroom ideas and ready to print resources perfect for teaching Australian coins in hands on play | you clever monkey

I've created several other printables which are perfect for whole class instruction or working in small groups, at math centres or as independent math stations. Years ago I made some Australian Money word wall cards and GIANT coins which have also been useful in class.

Teaching Australian Money - classroom ideas and ready to print resources perfect for teaching Australian coins in hands on play | you clever monkey

You can grab our Giant Coins and Money Word Wall cards for FREE.

With a focus on Australian coins, I've also created a bundle of different money printables. The activities in our 35 page ready to print pack include -

- Australian coin matching mats for 1:1 correspondence practice,
- Australian coin sorting mats with coins to match or values to match,
- Australian coin connect 4 game with 10 different game boards,
- printable Australian coin dice ready to construct,
- Australian coin identification and counting sheet,
- coin combination mats - great for looking at most efficient ways to pay,
- Australian coin peg cards to count and match the correct value,
- Australian coin place value assessment sheet,
- Australian coin counting assessment sheet,

plus teaching ideas and a selection of mental math routine questions to promote class discussion and focus on describing and ordering Australian coins by value.

AUSTRALIAN MONEY - COINS
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Teaching Australian Money - classroom ideas and ready to print resources perfect for teaching Australian coins in hands on play | you clever monkey


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