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December 2008

During the past month, new information and activities have been added to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site.  To help you learn "What's New for You," we've listed and linked these features below.

December Coin of the Month:  Join Plinky as she learns more about the Martin Van Buren Presidential $1 Coin.  Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States and the only president besides Thomas Jefferson to serve as Secretary of State, Vice President, and President.  You can also go to The Coins Are Coming to learn more about the Presidential $1 Coin that honors Van Buren and his accomplishments.

Presidential $1 Coin Program Lesson Plans:  Download free lesson plans and access resource materials related to the new Presidential $1 Coin program.  You can also have your students see all four of the Presidential $1 Coins for 2008 and learn more about each of the Presidents they commemorate under "The Coins Are Coming."  A separate page tells all about the Statue of Liberty, featured on the coin's reverse.

Presidential $1 Coin Lesson Plan Resource Center:  The coins of the Presidential $1 Coin Program are waiting to enrich your curriculum.  Come and explore the collection of lesson plans and teaching resources for you and your students.

A look ahead:  Beginning in 2009, the United States Mint will mint and issue the first coins of the Native American $1Coin Program.  Also in 2009 the United States Mint will mint and issue six quarter-dollar coins that honor the District of Columbia and the five United States Territories as well as four different one-cent coins in recognition of the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the first issuance of the Lincoln cent throughout 2009.  Stay tuned for lesson plans, games, and activities that will bring all of these new coin programs into your classroom.

Teacher Feature

Teacher Features—Exploring the Teachers section of H.I.P. Pocket Change is a good way to find great classroom ideas.  And her's another tool for you:  the Teacher Feature icon, sprinkled throughout the site.  Be sure to click on the icon whenever you see it to locate options and ideas that relate directly to whatever you just read!

Teacher Feature Related Content Covered
Curricular Area
Presidential $1 Coin Program
Lesson Plans
Coin of the Month
Language Arts,
Social Studies