Money: Quarters

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11672

What are those big coins that people use to pay for things? How does someone know how many of them to use? Learn how to add these coins to make a larger sum of money!


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Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever looked at the side of a coin?

Watch the video below to see why quarters have ridged sides.

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Keep reading to learn more fun facts about quarters!

Take a handful of coins and see how many quarters you can pick from the pile. 

  • How many do you have?

Your pile probably also has pennies, nickels, and dimes. A quarter is worth more than all three coins.

  • Do you know which president is on the front of the quarter and what is shown on the back of the quarter?

George Washington is the president on the front of the quarter.

On the back of the quarter is an eagle holding a branch.

Some quarters do not have the eagle on the back because they are state quarters. State quarters have the name of a state and pictures of things in that state.

Look at several different state quarters below. You can see the state's name on each quarter and a picture.

For example, you can see a grizzly bear on the Alaska Quarter with a salmon in its mouth. In Alaska, grizzly bears and salmon are well-known animals.

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Check out 50 State Quarters Program to find a state quarter not shown above.

A quarter by itself is worth twenty-five cents.

Look at the different ways twenty-five cents is written below

All quarters are worth twenty-five cents. If you have more than one quarter, you must count by twenty-fives.

For example, if you had two quarters, you would count from 25 to 50. Use the numbers below to practice counting aloud by twenty-fives.

25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200

Look at some ways quarters are added up below.

If you wanted to make a dollar using only quarters, you would only need four quarters.

This is much less than all the other coins.

  • Do you know how many pennies, nickels, and dimes you need to create a dollar?

That's right! You would need one hundred pennies, twenty nickels, or ten dimes to create a dollar from each coin.

Answer the question below before moving on to the Got It? section.

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Excellent job!

You are ready to move on to the Got It? section to figure out the values of groups of quarters.

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