Our Penny Pockets – Classroom Management

May 17, 2012

Even though TECHNICALLY money is not a 1st grade common core standard, my kiddos still need to know about it right?!?
I have this behavior management tool called, “Our Penny Pockets” which
allows me to teach and review coins and currency all year long!
students earn pennies for their good behavior throughout the day and
every Friday they can buy something from my store. There is one big, big
rule though… by Friday, when it is time to cash in, students must’ve
made all the proper exchanges. Everyday after lunch students have the
opportunity to trade in 5 pennies for a nickel, or 2 nickels for a dime,
etc. You better believe if a student comes to me on Friday with 12
pennies, they will be told to come back to the store next Friday with
the proper coins!
kids love it and they also get the opportunity to save for bigger cash
items like lunch with me or no shoes for a day or any other fun
incentives you have!
By the end of the year my kiddos are pros with their money! They want to earn their prizes 🙂
In my Penny Pockets Packet,
you can print out the coins back-to-back and laminate them for long
term use. It takes some prep to get everything ready but it is so worth
it once you’re finished. I also included some sales slips for the
students to fill out before they cash in! 

If you like it let me know with a comment here or feedback on my TpT page!
<3 Susan
– I made my pockets from cheapo felt I bought at the local craft store,
sewed them together, and stapled them to the wall. They lasted the
whole year and the kids will bring them home with their foam hand at the
end of the year.

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  • I love this idea! I work in a severely under performing school, but my students are so motivated by earning money and prizes. (aren't we all?) Did you put the coins in for good behavior or did the students? What was the procedure you used for exchanging coins? Did you have any issues with students stealing others coins? Thanks so much! Love your blog!