Lesson Plans

Great Graphs (1999/2000)

Students will create a bar graph to demonstrate quantity.
Grades: K, 1st
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Quarter

Do You Like to Spend or Save?

After briefly discussing spending and saving habits, the class takes a poll to see how their peers like to manage money. Then students graph their findings and discuss the survey results.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

What’s In The Bag?

Students will research a historical figure from the United States and introduce their classmates to items associated with this person. Students will also predict how that historical figure would fit into today's society.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Can You Make a Penny Float?

Students will explore the concept of density by trying to make a penny and other materials float.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Cent

Representing Our Nation

Students will use pennies to illustrate how our states are represented in Congress. This lesson is to be implemented during a unit covering the branches of United States government.
Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Cent

Simple Symbols (1999/2000)

Students will define what a symbol is and identify symbols associated with pre-selected states.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Do You Have a Coin Collection?

After briefly discussing coin collecting, the class takes a poll to see how many students collect coins. Then students create a graph showing all responses and discuss the survey results.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

The Journey of Sacagawea

Students will examine the life of Sacagawea, the exceptional woman chosen to appear on the Golden Dollar, and will write journal entries based on their research.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Dollar

The Identity of Coins

Students will observe and make rubbings of circulating U.S. coins.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Science
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

Veterans and POWs

Students will use online resources (including the U.S. Mint's H.I.P. Pocket Change website to investigate the role veterans and POWs played in our nation's history. This activity is related directly to the U.S. POW Commemorative Coin.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: None