Found a Penny ("Totally Math" CD)
(Hold up real coins or cut outs as you sing.)

Found a penny, found a penny, found a penny just now.
It is round and brown and shiny
Found a penny just now.
I see Lincoln, I see Lincoln, our sixteenth president,
On the back is his Memorial
Penny, penny’s worth one cent.

Found a nickel, found a nickel, found a nickel just now.
It is round and fat and silver
Found a nickel just now.
I see Jefferson, I see Jefferson, our third president
On the back his Monticello
Nickel, nickel’s worth five cents.

Found a dime, found a dime, found a dime just now.
It is thin and small and silver,
Found a dime just now.
I see Roosevelt, I see Roosevelt, our thirty-second president
On the back is a torch.
One dime is worth ten cents.

Found a quarter, found a quarter, found a quarter just now.
It’s the largest of all the coins,
Found a quarter just now.
I see Washington, I see Washington, our first president
On the back the bald eagle;
Quarter’s worth twenty-five cents.

Found a dollar, found a dollar, found a dollar just now.
It has a picture of George Washington
And it’s worth one hundred cents.

Five pennies equal a nickel; ten pennies equal a dime.
Twenty-five pennies in a quarter,
Two nickels equal a dime.
Five nickels in a quarter, or a nickel and two dimes;
Four quarters in a dollar
And a dollar equals ten dimes.

Activities:  *Run off the attached book to use as you sing. (Click here to download it now.)

Money Song  (“Is Everybody Happy?” CD)

I like money to buy things at the store.            (Point to self.)
Money, money, money, I always want more!  (Palms up and shake.)

A penny’s worth one cent.            (Hold up 1 finger.)
A nickel’s worth five.                     (Hold up 5 fingers.)
A dime’s worth ten cents.             (Hold up 10 fingers.)
A quarter’s twenty-five.                 (Open and shut hands for 25.)


Lincoln’s on one cent.
Jefferson’s on five.
Roosevelt’s on ten cents.
Washington’s on twenty-five.           


A building’s on one cent.
A building’s on five.
A torch is on ten cents.
An eagle’s on twenty-five.        


Activities:  Have children do rubbings of coins.  Place each coin under a sheet of paper and rub with the side of a crayon.  Who do they see?  What’s it worth?  Let children examine coins with a magnifying glass.  Encourage them to discuss details.  How old is the coin?

Hint!  Feel free to change the words of the song to “Let’s learn some more!” instead of “I always want more.”