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February 2006

Over the past month, new content has been added to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site.  To help you learn about "What's New For You," links to this new content are listed below.


Cents of Color—Have your students add their own sense of color to each quarter in the 50 State Quarters® Program as they are released into circulation.  Now including the 2006 quarters!

PuzzleMint—In this puzzle activity, students are challenged to put together the pieces of the latest coins in the 50 State Quarters Program.  Now premiering the 2006 quarters!

Winter Coin Olympics—Join Plinky, Nero and Flip as they get ready for the 2006 Olympic Games by skiing, flipping and doing tricks to win the gold!  Keep an eye out for all of the fantastic winter events this February during the '06 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Coin News

February's Coin of the Month—Join Plinky the Mint Pig as she learns more about the Nevada quarter.  Nevada is the first quarter coin released in 2006, and is the 36th coin in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters Program.  Nevada's quarter depicts a trio of wild mustangs, the sun rising behind snow-capped mountains, bordered by sagebrush and a banner that reads "The Silver State."

The Coins Are Coming—See the newest 2006 quarters designed for the 50 State Quarters Program.  Check out the new Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota quarter designs and learn about the states.  Be sure to also check out the newest coins in the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Coin Program.

Making Cents—The latest edition of this "quarterly" H.I.P. Pocket Change newsletter will hit the Web.  Read it to learn all about the fantastic features we've added to the site.

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Camp Coin

Black History Month—Join us as we celebrate Black History Month.  Be sure to visit the Medal Mania feature and check out Black History Medals.  Learn more about a world-famous singer, a heavyweight champion, the "first lady of civil rights" and others.


50 State Quarters® Program Lesson Plans—Take a look at the lessons created specifically to celebrate the Nevada quarter: Force of Habitat (K–1), How Resourceful Are You? (2–3), and Amazing Metals (4–6).  After that, check out the rest of the state-specific plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6.

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
Nevada Quarter Lesson Plans February Coin of the Month Art,
Language Arts,
Social Studies
Around the World in 17 Days Winter Coin Olympics Game 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're going to want to make sure to return to the site throughout the month to explore these new features:


Presidents' Day page—Visit this seasonal page to learn more about the background of this special holiday and our National leaders.  It's a great day to celebrate everything that our past presidents, including Washington and Lincoln, have done for our nation.

Time Machine—Be sure to visit Era 6, the Civil War Era, where you visit Boston in 1863.  Fly with Peter the Mint Eagle as he takes a "bird's eye view" of the city and join a family at the general store to learn more about some very strange change.  Be sure to check out the associated Teacher Feature, "Secret Expedition," a Social Studies lesson about the Underground Railroad.

Quarter Explorer—Students visit Main Street in Bison City, USA, completing tasks in order to earn Bill the Mint Buffalo enough quarters to go on a trip across the country.  Students will use their knowledge of United States geography and the 50 State Quarters Program in order to complete the tasks and earn quarters.  The more quarters your students receive, the nicer Bill's trip will be!  Bill will send a postcard from each state he visited for students to color and display!