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

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

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

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

And the Nominee Is

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.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: None

The ABCs of Coins

As a class, students will study alphabet books to see the many creative ways these books can be put together. After picking a format, the class creates an alphabet book about coins.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: None

Commemorative Coin Poetry

Students discuss and research an individual or event from a commemorative coin. They then use the information to write acrostic poems, creating stand-up accordion books to display the poems.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: None

Creative Coin Stories

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