Coin Trading Cards
Main Subject Area: Social Studies
Additional Subjects: Art, Language Arts
Duration of Lesson: 60 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will learn about the people depicted on different U.S. coins.
Students will research U.S. coins and historical figures.
Students will write informational text based on their research.
Precut tag board for each student’s trading card
Art supplies: pencils, markers, colored pencils or crayons, scissors, white paper, glue
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 3-5
2. Make a list with the class of the common elements on all trading cards such as pictures, facts, statistics, etc.
3. Explain to the class that they will be making trading cards based on U.S. coins. You can make some overheads of coins including commemorative coins to give your students some ideas.
4. Each student will need to pick one coin and create a trading card based on that coin. The coin must have a person or event depicted on one of the sides. Students can work in teams to do research on coins. They can use the U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site, other coin websites and books about coins.
5. Distribute the pre-cut tag board. Students can create the drawings on paper and write the information on the computer and then glue this onto the tag board trading card.
6. Each card should include the following: Picture of the obverse and reverse of the coin, Description of all the elements on both sides of the coin, Mint dates and mint location(s), Face value of the coin, Description and history of the person or event depicted on the coin, Interesting facts about the coin
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