Lesson Plans

Getting Better at Guessing

Students will work in groups to examine a jar of coins to make both "guesstimations" and more precise estimations.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math

How Much for Your Name?

Students will create different coin combinations for a single amount.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math

Do You Like to Spend or Save?

After briefly discussing spending and saving habits, the class takes a poll to see how their peers like to manage money. Then students graph their findings and discuss the survey results.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Coins & Mint

The Alphabet of Coins

Students will use letter and sound relationships of initial consonants to complete sentences that follow a given repeating pattern. These sentences will be based on coin terms found on the U.S. Mint Coin Classroom website.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: History & Government

How Do I Make Change for a Dollar?

Students will apply mathematics strategies of counting, adding, and subtracting decimal amounts to create change for a dollar.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Math

Penny Race

Students will play a game where they determine the value of different coin combinations.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math

How Change Has Changed

Students will create a timeline to show the sequence of change that the \\\"tails\\\" side of a quarter has gone through.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Math, Coins & Mint, History & Government

Making Cents

Students will play a game in which they create monetary amounts using different coin combinations.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math

How Many Pennies?

Students will estimate the number of pennies it takes to fill outlines of various basic shapes.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math

Using Guess, Check and Revise

Students will answer coin related math questions using the guess, check and revise process for problem solving.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Math