Commemorative Coin Poetry
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Duration of Lesson: 30 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
The U.S. Mint's Web pages about commemorative coins - www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=Premodern, and www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=Modern
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Grade Level(s): 3-5
2. Using the KWL ("what we know, what we want to know, what we learned") strategy, brainstorm with the class about the coin's subject. Create a three-column KWL table, filling in the first column with facts they know about the subject and the second column with the questions they want answered (what they want to know).
3. Divide the students into small groups, and assign each a question to research.
4. As a class, have the groups share the answers they found. Use the information to fill in the third column of your KWL chart (what we learned).
5. Divide the students back into the same small groups, and have them write an acrostic for the commemorative coin. For example, the first letter of each line in the poem could spell out the name of the individual or event:
Originated in Athens
Links people of many nations together
Youngest athlete ever to compete was 12 years old
Myriad of events
Participants come from many countries
Individual and team sports
Cities around the world vie for the honor of hosting the games
Summer and winter games are held every four years
6. Have the groups create an illustrated page for each line of their acrostic, and then tape the pages together to form a stand-up accordion book for display.
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