Lesson Plans

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

Using a Coordinate Grid

The student will manipulate ordered pairs in the first quadrantof a coordinate plane.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Quarter

Fantastic Forms

Students will recognize the physical shape of the USA and their home state.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

The Alphabet of Coins

Students will use letter and sound relationships of initial consonants to complete sentences that follow a given repeating pattern. These sentences will be based on coin terms found on the U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change website.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Coins in U.S. History

Students will investigate, appreciate, and deepen their knowledge of U.S. coins and the history associated with these coins. They will also learn about events in U.S. history.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Quarter Response Writing

Students will participate in a coin-centered writing activity and learn the difference between summarization and critical response.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

Can You Find the Difference?

Students will create their own balance to determine a difference in the weight (and composition) of cents made in different years.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Cent

Worth the Weight

The student will convert metric units of measurement. The student will solveproblems that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division withdecimals, as well as order decimals from least to greatest.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Quarter

Ben Franklin Half Dollar

Students will research Franklin's contributions to American culture and technological progress through his quotes and inventions. They will also analyze research in order to design a coin honoring Ben Franklin's contributions.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Half Dollar