I’ll be honest, teaching kids about money is not my favorite thing in the world. I love math! Like, I LOVE math! Money lessons…not so much! I teach in MA where we use Common Core. Money is not a first grade Common Core standard, but it is a MA standard.
Thank God for YouTube. I can be a very creative teacher, but nothing can top the excitement of a well thought out song or visual courtesy of YouTube. Below are 5 of my favorites simply because they’re also my students’ favorites and they learn from them.
So I’ve learned that teaching kids about money can in fact, be fun.
The Coin Song
This quick rap is easy to memorize. The beat keeps kids singing and dancing all while learning the value of each coin.
This video tells the value of coins also, but extends it by explaining how you can combine coins to get different values.
Getcha Money Right
Go Noodle! Need I say more? Clearly, Go Noodle has won the hearts of children all across the primary grades.
This one is my favorite of them all. The speaker is a bit monotone; however, the content explained is very strategic. It teaches the value of money by using place value blocks. The visual and hands-on manipulation opportunities really help students.
Teach Kids about Money
Admittedly, this video has a lot of ads every few minutes, but I really like that a mentor text is integrated. One of the best way kids learn is when we are able to use cross content strategies. You can preview the video and decide which portions are most important for your lesson.
Do you love YouTube? Read about my favorite Teacher Vloggers that are a must follow!
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