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September 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!  We look forward to hearing your comments.

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 Iowa quarter in your own classroom!

Coin News

September Coin of the Month—It's September and Flip the Mint Seal can't wait to show you the brand new Keelboat nickel! Come celebrate the newest coin in the Westward Journey Nickel Series and learn more about Lewis and Clark's famous expedition.

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 Iowa 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!

Camp Coin

Inspector Collector's Coin Course—How do you become as knowledgeable as Inspector Collector about coin collecting?  By taking his brand new coin course at the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site, of course!  Your students will discover the whos, whats, wheres, whens, and hows of coin collecting through five lessons, complete with games and activities to support and challenge their new understanding.  Be sure to check out the Coin Course at Camp Coin right away!

How To Share Your Hobby—Once your students have learned their coin colleting basics, invite them to explore some fun ways that they can share this hobby with their friends.  Invite them to take a trip through the new How To Share Your Hobby section of Inspector Collector's Coin Course.  Be sure to also explore the Sharing Your Hobby section to find ideas specifically to help adult numismatists share their hobby with young coin enthusiasts!


Now for grades K-12

Westward Journey Nickel Series Lesson Plans—The Keelboat Nickel, the second nickel in the Westward Journey Nickel Series, made its premiere last month.  These new nickels commemorate the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of Lewis and Clark.  We are very excited to announce that the lesson plans designed for the new Keelboat Nickel are now available for free download!  The Westward Journey Nickel Series Lesson Plans were designed for teachers, by teachers, for grades K–12.  A Resource Guide (K–12) is also available for download.  Visit the New Nickel Lesson Plans page today!

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
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Direction Perfection September's Coin of the Month Social Studies,