will enjoy the competition with a partner in this coin
flipping game while learning how many pennies make a dime
pennies per two students
- 5 dimes per
Flip" Ten Frame for each child (download the .PDF
file or print out the HTML
flipping a coin to the class. Explain the the front of the
coin is called "heads" and the back is called
- Pair students
in groups of two. Provide one student with a red ten frame
and one with a blue ten frame.
- Explain to the
children that they will take turns being the first to choose
either "heads" or "tails". ( Each time
the coin is flipped one child will choose and the other
will take the opposite choice by default.)
- Both partners
then flip a penny .
- The partner
who guessed right takes the penny and places it on his/her
- When one student
has a full ten frame he/she will exchange the pennies for
- Both children
clear their ten frames and start over.
- The first student
to win three dimes is the winner.
Initiate a class
discussion following the game to introduce the concept of
Ask the children
if either "heads" or "tails" seemed to
come up more frequently in the games they played. Did anyone
choose "heads" or "tails" because their
partner seemed to be lucky with that choice?
Have the partners
play one more round of the game...this time placing their
pennies with the winning side of the coin up on the ten frame
as they go. Did one side come up more often for each child?
Did one side come up more often in each group? Did one side
come up more often than the other for the entire class? Count
and graph the answers from these questions as a whole class.