Lessons That Make Cents June 2021

Fun With Coins All Summer!

Summer is almost here! Share fun at-home activities, videos, and online games with your students so they can learn all summer long.

Monthly Mint Trivia: The U.S. Mint at Philadelphia first opened in what year?

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At-Home Activities

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The Mint’s coin-based activities are perfect for summer days at home. Students of all ages can learn about science concepts, practice art and design skills, or explore coin combinations.

At-home activities on the Mint website include:

  • Coin Rubbing and Matching (Ages 3+): Create colorful coins with our coin rubbing and matching activity.
  • Cents-able Shopping (Ages 4+): Create your own grocery store and purchase items using coins.
  • Design Your Own Coin (Ages 4+): Design a coin using our blank coin template.
  • Coin Scavenger Hunt (Ages 5+): Go on a scavenger hunt for coins!
  • Become a Coin Collecting Whiz (Ages 7+): Did you know that coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies on Earth? Become a coin expert by reading our top five coin collecting facts on the Collecting page.
  • History Trivia Challenge (Ages 10+): Test your Mint knowledge in our Mint History Trivia quiz.
  • State Quarter Quest (Ages 7+): Choose your favorite state and learn about that state’s quarters.
  • Discover History in Your Pocket (Ages 9+): Learn about what coins say about U.S. culture.
  • Coin Weight Investigation (Ages 7+): Do you know which U.S. coin weighs the most? Make predictions and explore different coin weights by creating your own coin balance scale.
  • Test Surface Tension (Ages 7+): Have you ever noticed that when it rains, water forms as droplets on surfaces instead of spreading out? This is because of surface tension. See water surface tension in action using coins!
  • Money Patterns (Ages 4+): Explore different ways to categorize, count, and combine coins.
  • Flip Out for Coins (Ages 8+): Did you know that coin flips are often used at sporting events to determine which team will possess the ball? They are also used to teach basic math concepts.

Want more ideas? Reach out to education.outreach@usmint.treas.gov for recommendations on lesson plans and activities for your students.

National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Commemorative Coin Program gold and clad reverses

Coin of the Month: National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Commemorative Coins

In 2021, the U.S. Mint issued three coins as part of the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Commemorative Coin Program. The program commemorates the extraordinary service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. They serve as a bridge between past and present, as well as between peace officers and the public. Learn more about the coin designs on the Mint website.


Coloring Pages

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Download and print coloring pages for coin programs, circulating coins, and more!



Math Jam

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Score points by solving math problems in this basketball-themed game.



Counting With Coins

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Practice math skills with an interactive grocery store game.



We Want to Hear from You!

2019 Coin Coloring Book Lessons that Make Cents iconAre you interested in incorporating coins into your classroom next year, but aren’t sure where to start? Let us help you! The U.S. Mint offers K-12 lesson plans, 12 online educational games, 100+ videos, online quizzes, a free 2020 Coin Coloring Book PDF, and other resources. Reach out to us at education.outreach@usmint.treas.gov to request resources that fit your education needs.

Trivia Answer: The first Philadelphia Mint opened in 1793.

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