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January 2005

Can you believe it's already 2005?  Well the folks at the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site have been extremely busy getting the site ready for the new year!  To help you learn about "What's New For You," explore some of the fun links that are listed below.

Time Machine

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 Era 4, 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.

Be sure to also check out Peter's Clothesmatic 3000 to see how Bill the Mint Buffalo dresses as a gentleman as he learns more about the Large Cent.  So, step into the Time Machine; Peter and his friends can hardly wait to share the brand new adventure with you!

Coin News

New Nickels—The nickel is about to undergo 2 more changes in 2005, as part of the Westward Journey Nickel SeriesT.  The new nickels will continue to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark's famous journey.

Also, for the first time in 67 years, the obverse (front) image of the coin will receive a new look!  Go to the United States Mint Web site and take a look at the new 2005 designs.  In addition, the Westward Journey Nickel SeriesT Lesson Plans designed for the 2004 nickels are ready for download and the 2005 lesson plans will be coming soon!

January's Coin of the Month—The Vermont Copper is January's Coin of the Month.  Join Goldie the Mint Fish as she learns about Ethan Allen and how he helped the Green Mountain state gain its independence.

Fun Facts—A new Fun Fact is available each month, but you don't have to settle for one fun fact at a time!  You can have even more fun and see pictures that go with the facts on the special Fun Facts pages.  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!


50 State Quarters® Program Lesson Plans—Download these brand new FREE lesson plans that were created specifically with the 2005 quarters in mind for grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6!  The 2005 state quarters are California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas and West Virginia.  Visit the Coins are Coming page and check them out!  They will expand your students' knowledge about the individual states, related history and geography, and the rich diversity of our national heritage.

Are you a secondary teacher interested in introducing the 50 State Quarters Program into your curriculum?  Well, now you can!  We are very proud to share with you our 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans, written by educators, and designed for grades 7–12.  Visit the 50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans page to download these FREE plans 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
Curricular Area
Who's in the News? January's Coin of the Month Language Arts,
Social Studies
Worth Their Weight Time Machine Era 4 Mathematics

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:


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, including a new Era on the Time Machine, and the premiere of the California state quarter.  Finally, test yourself to see how much you learned with the Making Cents Winter 2005 Crossword Puzzle!

If you'd like to sign up to receive the "Making Cents" email each month, visit the Teachers' Network page and sign in to update your profile.

Find out more... State Quarter Day!

State Quarter Day In The Classroom—Learn all about the launch of the 31st quarter in the 50 State Quarters Program that will place in January.  Examine all of the fun classroom activity ideas that H.I.P. Pocket Change has developed to help you celebrate the newest quarter in your own classroom!

The Coins Are Coming—Be among the first to see the newest quarters designed for the 50 State Quarters Program.  Keep an eye out for the new California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, and West Virginia quarters, premiering on the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site this month!

Travel Guide Quiz

Travel Guide Quiz—Test your state knowledge with our Travel Guide Quiz updated with trivia questions for the California quarter.  Students will test their knowledge of the quarter designs by answering trivia questions.  The quiz is a part of the Seeing the States Web Quest, which challenges students to explore the coins in the 50 State Quarters Program, and the unique heritage of our nation.

Westward Journey Nickel Series Lesson Plans—An image of a bison is depicted on the reverse of the new nickel.  Be sure to check out the new K–6 lesson plans coming to you in February to learn more about how the American Indians and Lewis and Clark interacted with this magnificent animal found on the Great Plains.