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April 2005

Over the past month, several changes have been made to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket ChangeT 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.

Happy Birthday U.S. Mint

Happy Birthday United States Mint!—Has another year already passed?  Celebrate the United States Mint's 213th birthday with the pals from H.I.P. Pocket Change!  The H.I.P. Pocket Change pals will take you on a journey through the past 213 years, and show you how greatly our country's coins have changed.

Coin News

April's Coin of the Month—Check out Flip the Mint Seal!  He's fishing in a rowboat catching the thirty-second quarter to be released in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarter® Program, the Minnesota quarter.  Join him as he learns about the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."

Travel Guide Quiz—Try out the new and improved Travel Guide Quiz, now updated with trivia questions for the Minnesota quarter!  Students will test their knowledge of the quarter designs by answering trivia questions.  The quiz is a part of the Seeing the States Web Quest, which challenges students to explore the coins in the 50 State Quarters Program, and the unique heritage of our nation.

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
Leap into Lakes Lesson Plans April's Coin of the Month Language Arts,
Social Studies

Be on the lookout for...

There are a lot of exciting things taking place at H.I.P. Pocket Change this month!  You'll want to be sure to return to the site throughout the month to explore the following features:


Making Cents—The latest edition of this "quarterly" H.I.P. Pocket Change newsletter will soon hit the Web.  Read it to learn all about the fantastic features we've added to the site, and be sure to test yourself to see how much you learned with the Making Cents Spring 2005 Crossword Puzzle!

Find out more... State Quarter Day!

State Quarter Day in the Classroom—Examine all of the fun classroom activity ideas that H.I.P. Pocket Change has developed to help you celebrate the launch of the new Minnesota quarter in your classroom!

National Coin Week—This year National Coin Week falls between April 17 and 23.  Examine all of the fun classroom activity ideas that H.I.P. Pocket Change has marked to help you celebrate National Coin Week in your classroom!

icon: Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Month—H.I.P. Pocket Change is all about coins!  And taking a close look at coins can help a youngster begin to grow into a fiscally responsible adult.  Did you know that April is Financial Literacy Month?  Check out some of this site's fun activities and lesson plans that promote basic economic understanding.