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May 2005

Over the past month, several changes have been made to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket ChangeT 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.


Branches of Power—H.I.P. Pocket Change has developed a fun new educational game!  Introduce students to some of the key people, places and aspects of the three branches of government.  When you become a secret agent, be sure to pay close attention to the realistic details of the map and some helpful clues!  Once you finish restoring the branches of power, you will be able to view the new John Marshall commemorative coin and you'll have the opportunity to tour our Nation's Capital.

Coin News

May's Coin of the Month—Join Peter the Mint Eagle as he teaches us about the new commemorative silver dollar.  The United States is honoring Chief Justice John Marshall with a commemorative coin in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth.  The Chief Justice John Marshall Silver Dollar not only pays tribute to the Supreme Court of the United States, but also recognizes the entire judicial branch of government.  This is the first time a United States coin (regular issue or commemorative) has featured a Supreme Court Justice.

Find out more... State Quarter Day!

State Quarter Day In The Classroom—Learn all about the launch of the Minnesota quarter, the 32nd quarter in the 50 State Quarters Program that took place in St. Paul on April 12th.  Examine all of the fun classroom activity ideas that H.I.P. Pocket Change has developed to help you celebrate the newest quarter and the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" in your own classroom!

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
Order in the Court May's Coin of the Month Language Arts,
Social Studies

Making Cents—The latest edition of this "quarterly" H.I.P. Pocket Change newsletter has hit the Web.  Read it to learn all about the John Marshall commemorative coin, the American Bison Nickel, and be sure to test yourself to see how much you learned with the Making Cents Spring 2005 Crossword Puzzle!