Hundred Chart: students who confidently use the hundred chart and its patterns to solve problems can utilize this tool to work with coins:
Counting coins: Use a hundred chart to help students count coins. Have students place coins on the correct number. For instance, given 3 dimes and 1 nickel, students would place dimes on 10, 20, 30 and the nickel on 35. The last coin tells students how much money they have altogether. This method is effective for having students figure out which coins to use to pay for an item.
Making change for a dollar: Place a counter on the price of the object. Place pennies on each square to get to the nearest multiple of 5. Use nickels, dimes or quarters to get to $1.00. Students should begin with whatever combination of coins they wish then work toward using the least number of coins as they become more proficient at making change.