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2009 Native American $1 Coin Lesson Plans


Do you know that we have a collection of FREE lesson plans based on the 2009 Native American $1 Coin Program?


The 2009 Native American $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 2009 Native American $1 Coins:

Make a Connection

Explain to the students that corn, beans, and squash are called the "Three Sisters of Agriculture."  Native Americans plant these three kinds of seeds close to each other so they can grow together and help each other.  As a class, brainstorm the process of starting a garden and record student ideas on a piece of chart paper.  Explain to the students that they will be planting a class garden for the school to enjoy.  Have students research different types of gardens such as butterfly gardens, herb gardens, and vegetable gardens.  Decide which type of garden will be planted as a class.  Gather supplies and assign student pairs different tasks in prepping and planting the garden.  This garden may be done on a plot of land (with prior permission from school officials) or in window boxes in the classroom.

Have each student create decorative plant markers and cards that describe what type of plants are featured in the garden and the uses some of these plants may have.  Invite other classes to come and tour your garden at different stages.

Related Games

Have students try their skill at Hoop and Darts.  Based on a game originally played by Native Americans, in this electronic version, each player throws darts through a swinging hoop in order to win the other player's darts.

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