The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site is all about coins! And taking a close look at coins can help a youngster begin to grow into a fiscally responsible adult! Check out some of this site's fun activities and lesson plans that promote basic economic understanding:
- What do your students know about saving money? Examine your student's attitude towards saving with the lesson plan Do You Like to Spend or Save?. Or use the lesson plan Alexander's Coin Conundrum to watch the choices made by a young boy as he spends money that he receives as a gift.
- Common Cents is a unit plan containing lessons that introduce first and second graders to the basics of using coins. Be sure to click on the individual lesson plans to get the step-by-step procedures for each activity!
- Give your students a tour of the world of coin collecting and tips in the Coin Collector's Workshop. After all, collecting is one way to manage money!
- Get students excited about earning, saving, and spending money with a visit to our games!
The Educators area offers hundreds of lesson plans covering all major subject areas. All are written by teachers and adhere to national standards, so you’re sure to find plans you can use, from kindergarten through high school.
Coin programs, like the 50 State Quarters® Program, provide great opportunities to get your students thinking about spending and saving their money! See our lesson plans by coin program page to explore these programs.
Under the 50 State Quarters Program, Wisconsin's quarter design creates many opportunities for your students to learn about economic resources! Take a look at these lesson plans from the United States Mint:
Take a look at Michigan's quarter design and you'll see one of the state's greatest natural resources. Look into how the Great Lakes affect this state's economy when you try out "Introducing Industries," a lesson plan for grades 4 through 6 from the United States Mint.
For more ideas, explore these lesson plans:
Grades K and 1
Grades 2 and 3
- Learn to Earn When You Tend To Spend
- A Fraction of the Cost
- Great Graph!
- Trading Faces
- George's Place
Grades 4 through 6
Grades 7 and 8
Grades 9 through 12
Learn More About Financial Literacy
It doesn't matter how old or young you are, learning how to save and manage your money is vitally important. By starting good financial practices in your youth, you are more likely to maintain these good habits in your adulthood.
Need more information about Financial Literacy? Look for Web sites with information that may help you generate new classroom ideas! Some examples follow:
- MyMoney.gov – Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission
- Federal Reserve Education – The Federal Reserve System
- Education Resources – The Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- The JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
- The National Endowment for Financial Education
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