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? Join a "Race to Five Dollars" to learn how to add these coins to make a larger sum of money!



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

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you know what coin is shown above? Whose picture is on it, and what does the bird on the back represent?

In the previous Related Lessons in our Money series, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned about pennies, nickels, and dimes.

There is a coin that is worth more than all three of those coins. This coin is called a quarter. Take out a handful of coins and see how many quarters you can pick out of the pile. Share your quarters with your parent or teacher. How many do you have?

Do you know which president is on the front of the quarter and what is shown on the back of the quarter? Tell your answers to your parent or teacher.

George Washington is the president that is on the front of the quarter. On the back of the quarter you will find 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 the different state quarters below. You can see the name of the state on each quarter, along with a picture. For example, on the Alaska quarter, you can see a grizzly bear with a salmon in its mouth. In Alaska, grizzly bears and salmon are well-known animals. Visit the United States Mint's webpage, 50 State Quarters® Program, to find your state quarter.

Images by the United States Mint and in the public domain.

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 will have to 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 with your parent or teacher:

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. Tell your parent or teacher how many pennies, nickels, and dimes you would need to create a dollar.

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

Since you did such a great job learning about quarters and their value, tell your parent or teacher how much the group of quarters below is worth:

Were you able to find the answer by counting by twenty-fives? Did you say the quarters above are worth seventy-five cents ($0.75 or 75¢)?

Excellent job! You are ready to move on to the Got It? section, where you will be figuring out the values of groups of quarters.

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