Coin-Shaped Books


After reviewing United States coins throughout history, students create shape books for their favorite coins. Each book contains text and illustrations created by the students.

Coin Type(s)

  • Cent
  • Nickel
  • Dime
  • Quarter
  • Half Dollar
  • Dollar

Coin Program(s)

  • Circulating Coins


Students will use writing and art skills to create a book in the shape of a coin.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts

Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections

  • Art


  • K
  • 1st
  • 2nd

Class Time

  • Sessions: One
  • Session Length: 20-30 minutes
  • Total Length: 0-45 minutes


  • Individual work

Terms and Concepts



  • Internet access
  • The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change website at
  • Coins or coin images
  • Circle templates
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Construction paper for the book covers
  • Plain paper for the book pages
  • Staples, yarn, or other book-binding supplies


  • Collect an assortment of coins or download and print images from the H.I.P. Pocket Change website.
  • Decide on the page size you want the students to use for their books. Prepare templates that they can use for creating the book's cover and pages.
  • You may want to create a "word wall" or coin-related words that matches the student's grade level.

Lesson Steps

  1. Show the students coins or images using the H.I.P. Pocket Change website as a reference and discuss the coins. Have each student select a favorite or interesting coin. Help each download a front and a back image of the coin.
  2. Hand out the templates, and tell students they are each going to make a coin-shaped book about the coin they selected. Have them start by creating an original cover.
  3. Ask each student to first pick how many pages long they want the book to be. Then have them write a sentence about the coin on each page.
  4. Assemble the books using yarn, staples, or some other creative binding technique.

Differentiated Learning Options

Have students use a scribe.


As a class, research what or who inspired the designs of the coins students have selected.

Explore other shapes that have been used for coins in both this and other countries.


Use a standard writing rubric that includes any criteria set by you or the students to judge the merits of the coin-shaped books.

Common Core Standards

This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.

National Standards

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.