Students will learn about the founding and work of the U.S. Army and the commemorative coins created in its honor.
As a class, read the May Coin of the Month to learn about the U.S. Army, featured on the 2011 U.S. Army commemorative gold coin. Then go to the page of 2011 commemorative coins to read about all three coins in this U.S. Army set. Discuss these questions:
- What do the designs in this set represent? (The answer is on the Commemoratives page, paragraph 1.)
- Which core values of the U.S. Army can the students remember? (Commemoratives page, paragraph 6)
- In what year was the U.S. Army founded? (Coin of the Month, paragraph 2)
- How many soldiers are on the front of the $5 gold coin? What does the group represent? Which wars are represented? (Commemoratives page, paragraph 3)
Consider having each member of the class write a sincere letter of appreciation to a veteran or currently-serving member of the Armed Forces.
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