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Presidential $1 Coin
Lesson Plans


Do you know that we have a collection of FREE lesson plans based on the Presidential $1 Coin Program?


The Presidential $1 Coin Lesson Plans are now available on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for use in your classroom!  Take a look at the lesson plans created specifically to celebrate the Presidential $1 Coins:

Make a "Connection"

Find out more about each of the Presidential $1 Coins and their presidents in the "The Coins Are Coming" section.

John Quincy Adams became president by the slimmest of margins in a controversial 1824 election that was ultimately decided in the US House of Representatives by one vote.  As a class, research the circumstances surrounding the election of 1824.  Using the lesson plan "Presidential Gallery," have the class examine the roles of the three branches of government and how each branch of government played a role in the election of John Quincy Adams.

Also examine the current roles the three branches of government play in the modern election process.  Have the students keep a 2008 election year journal.  Each student should report weekly on the progress of the election and which branches of government are at work during the election process.  Have the students listen to radio reports, clip newspaper articles, and follow televised coverage of the election, record their findings in a journal, and share their journal entries once a week.

Visit Branches of Power where your students can research in actual Constitution text as they learn about and recall functions of the three branches of the federal government, also using reasoning skills, key vocabulary, and classification of government roles.

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