Money: Dimes

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11675

How many fingers do you have? If you had a dime for each finger, how much money would you have? What could you buy with that much money? Count and color your way to learning what dimes are worth!



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

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What kind of coin do you see above? What would you do if you had one or more of them?

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

This lesson is all about dimes! Do you know which president is shown on the front of the dime, and what is pictured on the back of the dime? Tell your answers to your parent or teacher.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the president that is on the front of the dime. Franklin D. Roosevelt is on the dime because he is responsible for raising awareness of and money for people suffering from polio. His efforts helped many sick people and their families. On the back of the dime, a torch, olive branch, and oak branch are displayed. The torch is a symbol of liberty, the olive branch is a symbol of peace, and the oak branch symbolizes strength and independence.

A dime by itself is worth ten cents. Take a handful of coins and see how many dimes you can find. Show your parent or teacher how many dimes you have.

Each dime you found is worth ten cents. Look at the different ways ten cents is written below:

All dimes are worth ten cents. If you have more than one dime, you will have to count by tens. For example, if you had two dimes, you would count from 10 to 20. Practice counting by tens with your parent or teacher. Count the numbers below aloud with your parent or teacher:

Are you comfortable with counting by tens? Look at some ways dimes are added up below. All of these dimes are counted by tens:

If you wanted to make a dollar using only dimes, you would only need ten dimes. If you count by tens ten times, you will reach one hundred. One hundred cents equals one dollar.

You are doing a great job learning about dimes! Tell your parent or teacher how much the group of dimes below is worth:

Did you say the dimes above are worth fifty cents ($0.50 or 50¢)?

Great work! You are ready to move on to the Got It? section, where you will be figuring out the values of groups of dimes.

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