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March 2009

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.

March Coin of the Month—Join Nero, the Mint Police Dog, as he learns more about the island of Puerto Rico and the guard tower that is featured on the latest quarter in the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.

District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program Lesson PlansTake a look at these lessons, created specifically to celebrate the District of Columbia quarter: "Isle of Shapes" (K and 1), "Rainforest Writers" (2 and 3), and "Absolutely and Relatively" (4–6).  After that, check out the rest of the territory-specific plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, and 4 through 6.

Women's History Month:  The Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded to various women in recognition of their service, contributions, and accomplishments.  As a March (Women's History Month) activity, explore with Inspector Collector's collection of these medals.  It's sure to inspire your students to learn about the historic accomplishments of these women.

Time Machine—At this moment, Nero the Mint Police Dog is setting the dials on the time machine for an adventure in women's suffrage.  He'll take you to the year 1917, a time during World War I when women were struggling for their right to vote.  You'll find out about Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul, two leaders in the voting rights movement.  You'll also get the coin connection between Susan B. Anthony and our associated Teacher Feature.

Teacher Feature

Teacher Features—Locating great classroom ideas in the Teachers section of H.I.P. Pocket Change is always a good start.  However, be sure to click on the Teacher Feature 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
Puerto Rico Quarter Teacher Feature March Coin of the Month Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, and Art
It's Not JUST A Man's World Time Machine, suffrage era Social Studies, Language Arts