Lesson Plans

Cooperation Station

Students will create a class book based on the states covered during the year.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Odd Is In

Students play a game with coins and then use reasoning skills to develop a strategy for winning the game.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Cent

The Many Faces of Coins

Students will examine and discuss the designs on the circulating coins produced by the United States Mint. They will read to learn about the woman and child featured on the Golden Dollar. They will then compare and contrast this coin to the other circulating U.S. coins.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Tallest Stack Wins

Students build a stack of pennies as tall as possible, recording the number. Sharing answers, they determine the average number of pennies that could be stacked.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Cent

The Statistics of Coins

Students will use skills of observation, recording, and calculation to provide an overview of years of cents (pennies) in circulation in the local area.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Cent

How Change Has Changed

Students will create a timeline to show the sequence of change that the "tails" side of a quarter has gone through.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Turkeys or Eagles?

After discussing how Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey (not the bald eagle) to be our national bird, students graph their preferences and discuss the survey results.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math
Coin Type: None

Why is Roosevelt on the Dime?

Students will use a variety of reference resources to research the life of Franklin Roosevelt. From this research, they will determine why his image was chosen to appear on the dime.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Dime

Counting the 50 States!

In this game, students will use the United States Mint 50 State Quarters Program to learn and review the location of each of the 50 states.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

Franklin’s Fortune

Students will learn that fifty cents in the past could buy much more than it can today. They will construct graphs showing how the buying power of fifty cents has changed over time. They will also graph how the price of a product has changed over time. Students will also write percentage increase rate problems.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Half Dollar