Coin Toss (A Free Math Game for Counting and Comparing Coins)

Football season is upon us and I thought it would be fun to put a football twist on a math game my students enjoy playing.  Second grade students need a lot of opportunities to identify, sort, and count coins.  This game is perfect and can easily be differentiated for your students.

Container (to hold coins)
Recording Sheet
Coin Sorting Mat (optional)

Place students into partnerships.  Determine each student's role (one is heads, one is tails).  Students will gently shake the container and then pour out the coins onto the sorting mat.

Students will sort the coins into two groups: heads and tails.  Each student will begin counting their assigned coins to determine the total value of their coins.  For example:  I have 3 dimes, 2 nickels, and 7 pennies on my side of the sorting mat.  My total would be 47 cents, or $0.47.

Students will check each other's work and when in agreement, students will record the data on the recording sheet.

Students will continue playing until the recording sheet is full or until time is up.

Note - You can also place the recording sheet into a sheet protector and use dry erase markers to save copies.

Since students come with all skills and abilities, you'll want to consider the many ways you can differentiate this game:

- types of coins used
- amount of coins in the container
-adult or volunteer support
-counting the number of coins rather than the total amount
-determining whether the total amount of coins is even or odd
- finding the difference between each partner's coin values
-finding the sum of all the coins combined

I hope this game is helpful to you.  You can grab the football-themed recording sheet and sorting mat by clicking here.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Do you watch football?  Who are you rooting for?  You know I'm rooting for the Hawks today and hope it's a good one!

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