Teams of students research commemorative coin honorees and share the reasons for the recognition with the class. Then the teams select individuals they believe deserve to be on a coin, write short essays explaining their selection, and illustrate coin designs.
Students will participate in a round-robin writing activity started from a single writing prompt. Different coins will be worked into the story throughout. This is a great fast-paced activity and the moving from story to story adds excitement and creativity. The computers help to motivate and organize the lesson. Using coins adds fun and helps students learn about the different symbols and sayings on coins.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar