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November 2004

Over the past month, several changes have been made to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site, specifically with teachers in mind!  To help you learn about "What's New For You", explore some of the links that have been listed below.

Do you have any questions or comments about H.I.P. Pocket Change?  Do you have a great idea for using coins in the classroom?  Send your thoughts to TeachersNetwork@usmint.treas.gov!  We look forward to hearing your comments.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day—November is the month we celebrate our nation's veterans.  Be sure to visit our Veterans Day page, which features great information on all of the coins and medals relating to veterans.  This page is linked to several Veterans Day teaching resources, including a WebQuest, two lesson plans, and a brand new Teacher Feature!

Find out more... State Quarter Day!

State Quarter Day In The Classroom—Examine all of the fun classroom activity ideas and links that the United States Mint has put together to help you celebrate the launch of the new Wisconsin quarter in your own classroom!

Coin News

November Coin of the Month—Nero the Mint Police Dog can't wait to tell you all about the Navajo Code Talker Medal!  Join him as he tells the story of the brave Navajo soldiers who created a top secret code for the United States during World War II.

Making Cents—The latest edition of the H.I.P. Pocket Change newsletter has finally hit the Web.  Read it through to learn all about the fantastic features we've added to the site, including the new and improved Time Machine, the Dorothy Height medal, and the premiere of the Wisonsin quarter.  Finally, test yourself to see how much you learned with the Making Cents Fall 2004 Crossword Puzzle!

If you'd like to sign up to receive the Making Cents Teachers Extras email each quarter, visit the Teachers' Network page and sign in to update your profile.

Travel Guide Quiz

Travel Guide Quiz—Think you know everything there is to know about the 50 State Quarters® Program?  Test your design knowledge to see whether you're examining your change closely enough.  Be sure to try your hand at the bonus questions regarding the new Wisconsin quarter obverse.  Invite your students to try this quiz on its own, or as part of the Seeing the States WebQuest!

Fun Facts—A new Fun Fact is available each month, but you don't have to settle for one fun fact at a time!  Just click on a fact at the top of any H.I.P. Pocket Change page and learn some little known stories of the United States Mint and American coinage.

Time Machine

Time Machine—Peter the Mint Eagle has been tinkering again.  He has learned a lot since the Time Machine was first built and the pals have cool new ideas about how to have fun in the past.  So Peter is improving his Time Machine, and the first exciting results are in!

So far, the first three time trips have been expanded with more movement and activities to make them even more fun.  Peter's Clothesmatic 3000 has a whole new look, too!  Step into the Time Machine; Peter and his friends can hardly wait to share the new adventures with you!

Teacher Feature

Teacher Features—While you can always find great classroom ideas in the Teachers section of H.I.P. Pocket Change, be sure to click on the Teacher Feature icon whenever you spot it on the site to find ideas that relate directly to whatever you've just read!

Feature Name Related Content Covered
Curricular Area
Coin Codes Novembers' Coin of the Month Mathematics
Valuable Veterans Veterans Day Language Arts,
Social Studies
History in the Making Time Machine Era 1 Language Arts,
Social Studies
Fun with Fractions Time Machine Era 2 Mathematics
Learning with Lewis & Clark Time Machine Era 3 Social Studies