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October 2005

Over the past month, new content has been added to the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site.  To help you learn about "What's New For You," links to this new content are listed below.

Time Machine

Time Machine—Be sure to take each new trip wit your H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals in the Time Machine!  In Era 5, the Gold Rush Era, you'll be transported to the year 1859 to visit Pikes Peak, Colorado.  Learn about the job of a prospector and the tools needed to strike it rich!  Be sure to check out the associated Teacher Feature, "A Dollar Goes a Long Way," a lesson about the Old Spanish Trail and why it became a heavily traveled route of commerce.

Have a Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!—Visit this page for some haunting Halloween lore and learn all about the chilling part coins have played in the world of the gruesome.  Then, help the H.I.P. Pocket Change Pals get dressed up for Halloween by taking the Costume Quiz.

Coin News

October Coin of the Month—It's October and Peter is eager to tell you about one of the smallest historic coins ever minted.  Your students can learn about this special silver 3-cent coin, also known as a "trime."  Since a stamp cost just 3 cents in 1851, this tiny coin made buying stamps much easier.  The associated Teacher Feature, "Metals for Minting," has students using the Periodic Table to learn information about the elements (metals) used in minting coins.


Making Cents—The latest edition of this "quarterly" H.I.P. Pocket Change newsletter will soon 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 Kansas and West Virginia quarters.  Finally, test yourself to see how much you learned with the Making Cents fall 2005 crossword puzzle!

Find out more... State Quarter Day!

State Quarter Day In The Classroom—Learn all about the West Virginia quarter, the 35th quarter in the 50 State Quarters® Program.  In a ceremony on October 14, 2005, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the West Virginia quarter.  The ceremony, held in Charleston at the capitol building, marked the release of the thirty-fifth state to be commemorated as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  Examine all of the fun classroom activities that H.I.P. Pocket Change has developed to help you celebrate this quarter in your own classroom!

Travel Guide Quiz

Travel Guide Quiz—Think you know everything there is to know about the 50 State Quarters® Program?  Test your knowledge to see whether you're examining your change closely enough.  Be sure to try your hand at the bonus questions regarding the new West Virginia quarter reverse.  Invite your students to try this quiz on its own, or as part of the "Seeing the States" WebQuest!

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
A Dollar Goes a Long Way Time Machine Era 5 Language Arts,
Social Studies
Metals for Minting October Coin of the Month Science