Coin Rubbing Pictures

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Students create and share valuable pictures with coin rubbings.

  • 1.

    Students create their own money equations to solve themselves or share with their classmates.

  • 2.

    Students can work in small groups or individually. Each student or group will need 1 quarter, 1 nickel, 1 dime, and 1 penny.

  • 3.

    To make a rubbing of a coin, have students place the coin under a piece of white paper. Thinner paper like computer paper works best. Take a sharpened Crayola® Colored Pencil and gently rub the colored tip over the coin until the coin design appears.

  • 4.

    Tip: Younger students may want to use the same color for each coin. Older students can mix up the coin colors.

  • 5.

    Students make as many coin rubbings as they need to create a unique picture. Cut out the coin rubbings with a scissors.

  • 6.

    Students arrange their coins on a piece of construction paper and glue in place with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 7.

    Finish the picture by adding details with a colored pencil.

  • 8.

    Students count and write the quantity of each coin, write an equation and solve it.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • MATH: Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • MATH: Understand place value.
  • MATH: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • MATH: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
  • VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.


  • Enhance lesson plan to include subtraction, multiplication, and division of money.
  • Students can act as mentors to students in 2nd grade by creating pictures and working with students to solve them.