Ten Little Pennies

 

Ten Little Pennies
Tune: Ten Little Indians

Music and Mathematics Connection: Teach the following song to the students using the traditional tune. Change the money amounts to help students learn to count money, counting by ones, twos, fives, and tens.

Verse 1: (Put ten pennies on the overhead projector and have the students count them and then sing this verse.)

One little, two little, three little pennies,
Four little, five little, six little pennies,
Seven little, eight little, nine little pennies,
Ten pennies make one dime.

Verse 2: (Put ten dimes on the overhead projector and have the students count them by tens and then by ones to see that they add up to a dollar, then sing this verse.)

One little, two little, three little dimes,
Four little, five little, six little dimes,
Seven little, eight little, nine little dimes,
Ten dimes make one dollar.

Verse 3: (Put twenty nickels on the overhead projector and have the students count them by fives to see that they add up to a dollar. Then group the nickels in two and count each pair by tens. Then sing this verse.)

Two little, four little, six little nickels,
Eight little, ten little, twelve little nickels,
Fourteen, sixteen, eighteen nickels,
Twenty nickels make one dollar.

By Martha Hopkins and Donna Wright. Used with permission. From Financial Fitness for Life: Pocket Power, K-2    Copyright© 2001, National Council on Economic Education, 1/2009 Name changed to Council for Economic Education (CEE), New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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