Charting History with Pennies
Main Subject Area: Social Studies
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 3-5
2. Have students create a "date sheet" for each penny. (You may want to have students tape or otherwise attach each penny to its sheet of paper.) Then have students sort the date sheets in chronological order.
3. Have students research events in U.S. history for each year on their date sheets.
4. On each date sheet, have students note a key event, explaining its historical significance.
5. Collect all date sheets from students. Post the sheets in chronological order around the classroom, creating a timeline of U.S. history.
Note: If your class has access to software programs such as PowerPoint and AppleWorks, you could have students use the programs to create more polished date sheets.
Assessment / Evaluation:
In addition, you should evaluate students' spelling, grammar, and other writing conventions.
Differentiated Learning Options: