Lesson Plans

Can You See the Light?

Students will plan and conduct an investigation by collecting, recording, and reporting data. Students will use the scientific method to conduct their investigations. Students will explore basic life processes. Students will explain phototropism and heliotropism.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Explosive Ideas!

Students will describe and demonstrate ways the Earth's layers interact to cause changes in the Earth's surface. They will explore volcanoes and earthquakes and their effects. They will present an argument using research.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Rock On!

Students will investigate and identify common rock types. Key concepts include igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Oh, Give Them a Home!

Students will be able to identify the role of the American bison in the life of the American Indians and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Students will also be able to identify the habitat of the bison.
Grade: 4th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Nickel

Which Would You Choose?

In small groups, students will locate key data relating to the two types of water vessels used by Lewis and Clark. Students will interpret data and assess which vessel was the most efficient one that Lewis and Clark could have used in their exploration of the Louisiana Territory.
Grade: 4th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Nickel

Distinguished Discoveries

Students will analyze the importance of selected discoveries. Students will then research the history and impact of historical discoveries, using this information to compare and contrast two.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science, Drama
Coin Type: Quarter

A Biome to Call Home

Students will research, present and compare the information about the features of seven biomes that exist in the United States.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

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

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

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