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Presidential $1 Coin Lesson Plans (James A. Garfield)


Students will create character maps and picture books and learn about James A. Garfield through the Presidential $1 Coin.


Read the December Coin of the Month article to learn about the man who was our nation's 20th President.

In pairs or small groups, have the students research James A. Garfield, noting current events of the time and key events throughout President Garfield's life and presidency.  The students should briefly summarize and illustrate key points on a character map.  Encourage them to use colorful illustrations or symbols that closely represent the events that portray Garfield's life both before and as President.  Have the students present the character maps and display in the classroom.

Using information from class discussions and the results of their research, have the students create a picture book to share with other classes.

Make a Connection

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

Choose one of the Presidential $1 Coin lesson plans from the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site.  Apply it to any president that you or your students choose:

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

Want to bring the Presidential $1 Coin lesson plans into your classroom?  Visit our Presidential Links page to get biographies, printable election maps, inaugural records, games, and more.

Learn more about the lives and work of the First Spouses by viewing each of the First Spouse coins in the "Coins and Medals" section

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