Coin Grab Lesson Plan

Lesson Topic:

Be able to grab paper coins and count/tally them up.  

Lesson Description:

The students will run across the gym to pick up paper coins and count or tally them up when run back to the starting point.

Learning Goals/Outcomes:

The student will be able to throw a hula hoop to a location with sixty-five percent accuracy. 

The student will be able to identify coins with ninety-five percent accuracy.

The student will be able to count/tally coins with eighty percent accuracy.  

Nebraska Standards:


Hops, gallops, jogs, runs, walks, slides, skips, and leaps while maintaining balance. (E.)


Follows directions in group settings (e.g., safe behaviors, following rules, taking turns). (E).

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed:

Large paper coins (laminated is best)

Paper/Tally chart

Writing utensil (pencil, crayons, colored pencils, etc.) 

Hula hoops

Time Required for Lesson:

15 minutes


Technology Use:

_____ YES               ___x__NO

Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

After warm-up, the teacher will hold up the different paper coins and ask students to identify their names and values.  The teacher will then spread the coins out across the floor.  

Benefits/Explanation/Real-World Connection:

Counting money is an important part of life, so this will add a fun way to practice these skills.  

Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):

The students will be put into groups by the teacher.  The first person in line will throw/roll the hula hoops across the gym floor so it lands over the paper coins.  The student will run down and have three seconds to pick up the coins within their hula hoop.  After their time is up, they will grab their coins and hula hoop and run it down to the next person in line.  If the student does not gather any coins, they will get another chance after the next people in line go. If their hula hoop hits another hoop or person running, they can go again on that same turn.

When they come back to their line, they will tally up and count how much money they have and write it down on a paper or coin chart.  


The teacher will ask students how much money they counted and conclude with reviewing how much each coin is worth.

Assessment :

The teacher will be walk around the lines to see how the students are counting their money and tallying it up.  The teacher can help anyone who needs more assistance.  The students will be assessed over their running/locomotor movement and spatial awareness.   

Supplemental Information:


Students may start closer to the coins on the floor.

Student may add up all their coins as a group.

Students may help each other in their group to count and/or tally their coins.    

Safety Precautions:

Remind students to watch where they are running so they do not bump into anyone.  Also, have students slow down when they are about to grab coins and set them down.  The paper coins could be slippery.   

Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

The teacher could switch locomotor movements from running, to skipping, galloping, etc. 

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