Lesson Plans

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

Charting History with Pennies

Students collect pennies and sort them in ascending order of dates. For the year on each penny, students research key events in history and pick a single event, explaining its historical significance. Then students use these events to create a timeline of U.S. history.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Cent

Who IS That Woman?

Students will participate in a jigsaw reading activity about the contributions of Sacagawea to the Corps of Discovery. They will also write a poem to reflect what they learned.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

In the News!

Students will write a "newspaper article" comparing their state to another state, learning how to research information, take notes, organize material, and proofread.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

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.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar