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This lesson will help students learn about the following topics:

  • What does the dime look like?
  • Who is on the dime?
  • How much is the dime worth?
  • How do you add dimes?



This coin lesson was developed for first grade students. It integrates math, science, social studies, and technology. It can easily be extended to second grade.

A quick introduction to US coins is recommended.



Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)


  • 1(C) use words and numbers to describe the values of individual coins such as penny, nickel, dime, and quarter and their relationships;
  • 4(B) use patterns to skip count by twos, fives, and tens.

Science TEKS

  • 2(C) gather information using simple equipment and tools to extend the senses;
  • 6(A) sort organisms and objects according to their parts and characteristics;

Social Studies TEKS

  • 11(B) describe the roles of public officials including mayor, governor, and president;
  • 17(B) obtain information about a topic using a variety of visual sources such as pictures, graphics, television, maps, computer images, literature, and artifacts;

Technology TEKS

  • 2(A) use a variety of input devices such as mouse, keyboard, disk drive, modem, voice/sound recorder, scanner, digital video, CD-ROM, or touch screen;
  • 8(B) use electronic tools and research skills to build a knowledge base regarding a topic, task, or assignment.



This lesson was developed to be taught as a whole group activity. However, it can be adapted for small group. It is an interdisciplinary lesson that can be taught in 1-3 days, depending on how much time you devote to it each day.

Below is a brief description about each area in the Process component of the student page:

What does the dime look like?

  • provide real dimes and magnifying glasses for students to conduct observations
  • direct students to print dime template (or provide copies)
  • model how to add details to front and back of student dimes
  • save dime front and dime back-they will become the front and back cover of student dime book

Who is on the dime?

  • research President Franklin Roosevelt information using provided links (look at dime template page to guide research questions)
  • direct students to print dime template (or provide copies)
  • help students record president and dime facts on dime page

How much is the dime worth?

  • show dime and tell students that the dime is worth 10 cents
  • count out 10 pennies together and tell students that a dime is worth 10 pennies

How do you add dimes?

  • ask students to count by tens - 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.....
  • tell students that adding dimes is just like counting by tens
  • use dimes to count by tens
  • direct students to complete dime adding page, record answers and compare with a friend


This lesson can be adapted to teach lessons on the quarter, nickel, and penny.


These pages were developed through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development component of GirlTECH, which is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE) and made possible by support from the National Science Foundation and Rice University.

Copyright © 2006 by Elizabeth Unterreiner
Updated: Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:16 AM