After reviewing United States coins throughout history, students create shape books for their favorite coins. Each book contains text and illustrations created by the students.
- Half dollar
Students will use writing and art skills to create a book in the shape of a coin.
Major Subject Area Connections
- Language Arts
Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections
- First grade
- Second grade
Session Length: 20-30 minutes
Total Length: 0-45 minutes
- Individual work
Terms and Concepts
- Internet access
- The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site at www.usmint.gov/kids
- Coins or coin images
- Circle templates
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Construction paper for the book covers
- Plain paper for the book pages
- Staples, yarn, or other book-binding supplies
- Collect an assortment of coins or download and print images from the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site.
- Decide on the page size you want the students to use for their books. Prepare templates that they can use for creating the book's cover and pages.
- You may want to create a "word wall" or coin-related words that matches the student's grade level.
- Show the students coins or images using the H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site as a reference and discuss the coins. Have each student select a favorite or interesting coin. Help each download a front and a back image of the coin.
- Hand out the templates, and tell students they are each going to make a coin-shaped book about the coin they selected. Have them start by creating an original cover.
- Ask each student to first pick how many pages long they want the book to be. Then have them write a sentence about the coin on each page.
- Assemble the books using yarn, staples, or some other creative binding technique.
Differentiated Learning Options
Have students use a scribe.
As a class, research what or who inspired the designs of the coins students have selected.
Explore other shapes that have been used for coins in both this and other countries.
Use a standard writing rubric that includes any criteria set by you or the students to judge the merits of the coin-shaped books.
This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.
This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.