Penny, the Forgotten Coin, by Denise Brennan-Nelson

When John bends down to pick up a penny, his friend says “Big deal. Dad says you can’t do anything with a penny these days.” But John remembers the old saying, “Find a penny, pick it up; all day long, have good luck.” He puts Penny in his pocket where she is ridiculed by the other little toys that reside there. She becomes very pensive, and starts reminiscing about times gone by, when pennies were more important. (Interesting factual information for older students and adults!)




Math Topics:     

  • Money: Counting pennies, nickels and dimes.
  • Ordering 4-digit numbers for the years 1960-2019
  • Starting a coin collection.


FREE Downloadable Worksheets:


Teacher Directions (with teaching suggestions and recommended weblinks)


APRIL Packet…  $19.99

This month’s packet includes:

  • One HARDBACK copy of “Penny, the Forgotten Coin,” by Denise
  • Brennan-Nelson.
  • A copy of the BANKO game board to make as many copies as needed. (The game is played like BINGO.)
  • Teacher directions for BANKO, and the markers to draw at random (B1-B10, A11-A20, N21-N30, K31-K40, and O41-O50). Also included is a chart for keeping track of the numbers called.
  • Interesting facts about pennies, nickels and dimes, and…
  • A coin chart for starting a coin collection, one coin for each year.


PLUS these additional items for collecting quarters:


  • An outline map of the United States to color the states as children find the quarters for each state.
  • One quarter folder for a class collection of the state quarters.
  • Fun facts about the 50 states.


Price includes shipping and handling.