What’s In The Bag?
Main Subject Area: Social Studies
Additional Subjects: Technology
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will discover items associated with the historical figure.
Students will predict how that historical figure would fit into today’s society.
United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site:
Coin of the Month Past Picks- http://www.usmint.gov/kids/coinNews/coinOfTheMonth/pastIssues.cfm
Medal Mania - http://www.usmint.gov/kids/campcoin/medalMania/
Websites about coins
Books about coins
Coins Used in Lesson:
U.S. medals that feature individuals
U.S. coins with historical figures
Grade Level(s): 3-5 6-8
2. Ask your students what historical figures they have seen on American coins. Besides the current circulating coins, there are figures represented on commemorative coins and on medals. Take your students to the Medal Mania and Coin of the Month sections on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site to view some of them.
3. Give each student the opportunity to research more about a historical figure depicted on a U.S. coin. They can choose circulating or once circulated coins, commemorative coins, or medals. Students should choose someone they find interesting and want to learn more about.
4. Have each student will create a “personality bag” for their historical person. On the outside of the bag they can draw a picture of the coin or medal. Each bag should have 5 items from this person’s era that would somehow represent them. Students can also include two things from modern times that their person might have if they were alive today. For instance, if the student chose Meriwether Lewis, they might add a GPS (Global Positioning System) or cell phone as something from modern times.
5. Have your students share these personality bags with the rest of the class.
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