Lesson Plans

How Great to Communicate

Students will explore methods of communication and the 2017 Native American $1 coin featuring Sequoyah and the Cherokee Syllabary.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Reading “The Hundred Penny Box”

Using a penny and its date, students are asked to remember and write about an important event in their lives. Then students read "The Hundred Penny Box" by Sharon Bell Mathis, the story of a 100-year-old woman who has collected a penny for each birthday she's celebrated and who uses the collection to recount the stories of her life.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Cent

Let’s Try for a Treaty

Students will understand and explain the terms 'treaty' and 'diplomacy.' Students will apply and extend knowledge of these concepts through fictional situations of character conflict.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

The Lovely Long E

Students will identify words containing the long 'e' vowel sound. Students will distinguish between words being formed with 'ee' or 'ea' to make the long 'e' vowel sound.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Dollar

How Will We Get There?

Students will understand that the state of Hawaii is composed of a group of islands. Students will identify different types of transportation used in the United States.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

My Happy Habitat

Students will explore animals and the characteristics of their habitats, focusing on the peregrine falcon, the state raptor of Idaho.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

We Flip for Quarters!

Students will use a chart to find information and then create pop-up flip books about a state for which a new quarter was released in 2001.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

The Value of Coins

Students will analyze and reflect on their personal values.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Class Penny Quilt

Students will learn about penny quilts made in the late 1700s through the early 1800s. They will then identify significant events from their lives and create their own class penny quilt displaying this information.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Cent

How Do I Make Change for a Dollar?

Students will apply mathematics strategies of counting, adding, and subtracting decimal amounts to create change for a dollar.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Math
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar