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January 2008

Can you believe i's already 2008?  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 "Wha's New for You," we've listed and linked these features below.

January Coin of the Month—Join Nero and learn more about the great state of Oklahoma.  Oklahoma is the 46th state in the 50 State Quarters® Program and features the state bird, the scissortail flycatcher and the state flower, the Indian blanket.  Find out more about how this unique quarter design came to be chosen.

The Coins Are Coming—Be among the first to see the 2008 quarters of the 50 State Quarters Program: the Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii quarters!

Making Cents—The latest issue of this "quarterly" enewsletter has arrived to welcome in your New Year!  Read it to learn wha's new on the site, the new 2008 quarter designs and lesson plans.  There are also new Presidential $1 Coin pages, the Coin of the Month, and a brand new crossword puzzle based on the newslette's contents.  If you'd like to sign up to receive announcements about Making Cents, new lesson plans, and special projects, visit the Teacher's Network.  Subscribing is fast and easy when you join.

50 State Quarters® Program Lesson Plans—Take a look at these lessons, created specifically to celebrate the Oklahoma quarter:  "Symbols in My Eyes" (K and 1), "Spy the Flycatcher" (2 and 3), and "Oh, the Regions!" (4–6).  After that, check out the rest of the state-specific plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, and 4 through 6.

Teacher Feature

Teacher Features—Locating great classroom ideas in the Teachers area of H.I.P. Pocket Change is always a good start.  However, be sure to click on the Teacher Feature icon when you see it to locate options and ideas that relate directly to whatever you just read!

Feature Name Related Content Covered
Curricular Area
Oklahoma Quarter Teacher Feature January Coin of the Month Art,
Language Arts,
Science,
Social Studies