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2010 One-Cent Coin

After reading about the 2010 one-cent coin in February's Coin of the Month, explore the union shield featured on this new coin design.  The union shield was used a lot during Abraham Lincoln's lifetime, both before and after the Civil War.  It was used in all kinds of places, like art, magazines, and coins…even on buttons!  The union shield symbolizes both the United States and Lincoln's efforts to preserve the Union.

After discussing the new one-cent coin image as a class, divide the students into pairs.  Using the Internet and additional reference resources, have each pair of students locate and identify a use of the union shield on something other than the current 2010 one-cent coin.  Have each pair identify the object or place the union shield is used, identify the time period of the appearance, and cite the source where the reference was found.  Review with the class prior to the start of the activity what makes a source reliable and valid.  Also review with the class the proper way to cite sources.

Once the students have located an example of the union shield, have them record a 3- or 4-minute podcast about the union shield they have found.  Have the students first write out the script for the podcast.  Remind the students to focus on descriptive language since it is an audio presentation.

Once all of the podcasts are created, load them onto your class or school website for other classes or parents to listen to.

Make a Connection

Lincoln Words:  Students choose from three levels and four categories to find the hidden words about Abraham Lincoln.

The 2009 Cents Lesson Plans are now available on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for you to use in your classroom!  Take a look at the lesson plans created specifically to celebrate the four coin designs of the Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program:

After that, check out the rest the lesson plans, which are FREE to download and are based on different United States Mint coin programs.


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