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Presidential $1 Coin Lesson Plans

Overview

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

Activity

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 “Coins and Medals” section.

Zachary Taylor was an independent thinker who kept himself apart from party politics, and he pledged to make sure that Congress only passed laws that the Constitution allowed and relied on each branch of the government and its appropriate powers. Taylor was often considered an “outsider” and left most of the domestic legislating to Congress. Taylor believed in the limited authority of the executive branch.

After reading the December Coin of the Month as a class, divide the class into three working groups depending on the size of the class. Explain to the students that there are three branches of government which all work together to govern the United States. Assign each small group one of the branches of government (executive, legislative, or judicial). Task each group with researching and identifying the key members of the branch, the powers of this branch, and have each group also create a visual representation or icon of the branch.

Each group will create a visual display on either chart paper, poster board, or in a media presentation that demonstrates what they have learned about the branches of government. Have each group explain why they created the visual icon they did for that branch of government. As a follow-up activity, create small cards containing icons representing each branch of government. On chart paper, place descriptions around the room of an action or person that would be in one of the branches of government. Have students match the icons to the descriptions.

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In Branches of Power the students become secret agents. They must use their knowledge of the Constitution and the branches of government to preserve democracy.


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