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December 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.

Coin News

December Coin of the Month—Join Plinky the Mint Pig as she gathers some interesting facts on the 1793 Washington Ship Halfpenny, December's coin of the month.  Find out why she's taking a closer look at the reverse of this historical coin.

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.

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
Declaring Democracy December's Coin of the Month 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:

Time Machine—Be sure to visit Peter the Mint Eagle as he continues to show off some exciting features of the new Time Machine.  In this Era, you'll visit the War of 1812 and see who is invading Washington D.C.  And while you're at it, check out the associated Teacher Feature "Worth Their Weight", a mathematics lesson using grams and facts about the 1811 Large Cent.

Lesson Plans—The new 2005 quarters are coming!  Look for the lesson plans to be on the H.I.P. Pocket site in January as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  Soon you'll be able to download these brand new FREE lesson plans that were created specifically for grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6!  They will expand your students' knowledge about the individual states, related history and geography, and the rich diversity of our national heritage.  Not only have these activities passed "the kid test," but they were developed with National Standards in mind.