The Alphabet of Coins
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Additional Subjects: Technology
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will complete a sentence that follows a given repeating pattern.
Students will identify and write the initial consonant in a given word.
Students will learn about coins and the history of money.
The U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site: http://www.usmint.gov/kids/
Language Arts journals
Grade level appropriate picture story paper
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): K-2
1. Each student will be creating a page of an alphabet book. Their page will follow the pattern: Dana found a Dime. Dime begins with the letter D. A dime is worth ten cents. Eddie found an Eagle. Eagle begins with the letter E. An eagle is on some U.S. quarters. Frank found five cents. Five begins with the letter F. A nickel is worth five cents.
2. Begin by assigning each student a letter of the alphabet. As a class, look through the information available on the U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site. As students look through the information, each student can be looking for words that begin with their letter. (You may wish to develop a list of age-appropriate words for your students to read, rather than exploring the extensive USMHPC coin glossary that may not meet their needs. You may also choose to bring in sets of circulating coins for your students to inspect to help in their selection of coin terms.)
3. Have each student find a fact about the word they found. Students can record their word and fact in their journal.
4. Create and post a sample to show the class the pattern they will need to follow.
5. Have your students write their sentences in their journals. Help your students proof read their writing (this will vary depending on your teaching style).
6. Once all sentences have been reviewed, have your students rewrite and illustrate their sentences on the picture story paper.
7. When students have completed their page, assemble the classroom book and place it in the classroom library.
Assessment / Evaluation:
Differentiated Learning Options:
Add the list of coin terms that your students generate to spelling lists or on your class’ “Word Wall”. This will reinforce the sound patterns that your students have learned, and will help them when using these terms in future writings.