Lesson Plans

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

Make Work Easier!

Students will work in pairs to design a lever. They will conduct experiments using a penny and nickel to explore the uses of a lever.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Science
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel

Can You Follow My Directions?

Students will place coins on a grid and will write clear directions to help other students find the coins. Students will review the writing of other authors to analyze effective writing.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

I Have, Who Has?

The students will learn states and their capitals, improving their knowledgeof geography.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

How Are Coins Different?

Students use sets of circulating coins to determine the unique characteristics of each coin. They then create paragraphs and illustrations to convey what makes each coin in our pockets special.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Sun Prints

Students will use coins to help them explore the sun as a source of renewable energy.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Science
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

Are You Money Smart?

Students will discuss the irony of this coin-centric poem. They will also practice letter writing, and will be able to identify and count coin/money values.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

Start with a Chart

The student will synthesize information gathered from a chart. The studentwill choose a mathematical technique to answer questions involvingaddition, subtraction, and ordering of dates.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Quarter