The ABCs of Coins
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Duration of Lesson: 30 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
The U.S. Mint's H.I.P. Pocket Change(TM) Web site - www.usmint.gov/kids
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 3-5
2. Tell students that the class is going to create its own alphabet book - about coins. Decide on the creative format everyone will use, and then discuss how to find the information they will need. For example, by researching coins on the H.I.P. Pocket Change(TM) Web site, students could find words such as "alloy" and "annealing" for the letter A. Then using reference books such as a dictionary and thesaurus, they can find words to help them create the alliteration or rhymes that are needed for the book's format.
3. Divide the students into pairs, and distribute the alphabet letters among the teams. Give students any additional directions or criteria. For example, you could require that teams use an adjective, noun, verb, and adverb in each sentence, or that each page of the book have a coin picture hidden somewhere on it.
4. Assemble all the team pages to create your alphabet book. As a class, brainstorm a title for the book and artwork for its cover.
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