Teaching Tips Poem: Hairs on a Coin

This can be used in elementary math when learning to count coins. Students love saying it together to make learning about money easier. This poem is helpful to recite before a math class about counting coins using the counting by fives for each hair method.

A nickel gets one and a dime gets 2.

But a quarter is counted first by you.


A quarter has the highest value.

A quarter gets 5 hairs in its hairdo.


Poor little penny never gets any.

It’s too little to have a single hair!


Now put on the hairs and count by 5.

Count that money and look alive!

Copyright by Hildra Tague. Obtain permission for use online or in print.

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