money management

In my classroom, all of my desks are in groups/teams. I can't stand to have them any other way. Because we are learning about money, the teams all have a money related name. When I first introduced the "money teams" they had to earn tallies for their teams individually. We only did that for a couple of weeks.

Here are the team signs I put at the front of each team.
I put them on with Velcro so I can change the team names, depending on what we are learning about.

The money team names are still up, because I still use them to call the students to the rug or to line up at the door.  However, instead of earning tallies per team, we are now earning pennies as a class. They are trying to earn an extra recess and they have to pay $1.00 for it. Every time they get 10 pennies, I trade it in for a dime and put it on top. My students know exactly how much money they have and how much more they need. They also know that they need 10 pennies for a dime and 10 dimes for a dollar. This management program makes the learning more meaningful for the students, because they really want the extra recess.
It's just one more way that I "trick" them into learning!

(FYI: I put magnets on the back of the money so it is always on the board)

This management strategy would work great with quarters and nickels.
I have also done it with shapes and tallies.

How do you integrate learning into classroom management?


  1. I love this and am going to steal this idea because we are starting money next week! I usually do tallies and graph thier points. Other ways I use what we are learning as a managment tool, kinda is before my students are alllowed out the door for recess they have to line up quietly and be able to tell me a sight word from the words we are learning this week. I have a words posted on my classroom door so it is a constant reminder for them. Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!

  2. wow, I love this idea. I teach in a very transient area and i have kids come and go. I just got two new ones in the last week and I think I will have to rearrange my seating since I am back at an odd number. There are only so many arrangements though in a trailer. I am going to have them earn the money for compliments in the hall cause their hallway behavior is only good if i am standing right there. I also kind of bribed for valentines and said if their desks are clean monday morning the valentine fairy might leave an extra treat. HA.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog :) this is such an awesome idea! It is a great visual for seeing the relationship of the coins. I can't wait to use this in my classroom!

  4. I love this idea! We just have boring old table 1, 2 and 3...I am so stealing this idea.

  5. This is an AWESOME IDEA!!! :0) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wonderful idea ! Money is a hard concept for the any age students. We do money during calendar with posters up during calendar but this is will keep their minds thinking of money during the entire school day. This gives them a visual that they can use all the time. I am thrilled to try this. I have used names of the tables in continents, presidents, scientists, their own team names and so on. When I was in the older grades I have had them research their team names when they were continents, presidents, or scientists and they gave a report. They loved it.

    Thank you for this idea. I am transitioning to first grade and I am thrilled about this and this will definitely be going into my first grade toolbox of ideas. I will also be sharing this with my fellow team members.

    Have a great rest of the summer.

  7. I am so glad you reposted this...I totally forgot about it!!! Totally pinning this ;) Thanks for linking it!


  8. LOVE your idea! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This is a great idea - I too am a second year teacher and newlywed! YAY

  10. I am a new blogger and in the process of creating my own blog. I discovered your blog today and love it!

    I am a 1st grade teacher and I labeled my tables my pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and included different ways to represent each amount. Your idea of using money to earn a class reward is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.

  11. What are the different ways your students can earn pennies? I love this idea! I am still looking for a way that my students can earn money individually and then go to our classroom store to buy things (from the treasure box).

  12. Well, I think it is one of the best ways to teach students the value of money. You shared a fantastic idea. I may add this into my future blog post. Thanks a lot.

    Ramiz Jilani
    Forex Fund Management


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