Lesson Plans

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

Take a Chance

The student will determine the probability of a given event using concreteexamples. Students will describe events using terms such as likely, unlikely, certain, and impossible. The student will convert fractions to decimals, decimals to percents, and percents to fractions.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Quarter

Money Matters

Students will recognize a cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, and Sacagawea Golden Dollar, and identify the value of each coin.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Math, Art
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Coin Trading Cards

Students will research U.S. coins and historical figures, and will write informational text to create trading cards based on their research.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Spinning Nickels

Students will make predictions about the probability of a spun nickel landing on either heads or tails. Students will then test their predictions through experimentation.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Nickel

A Mass of Pennies

Students will estimate and determine the number of cents (pennies) that are needed to equal the mass of a variety of common objects.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Cent