Lesson Plans

The Statistics of Coins

Students will use skills of observation, recording, and calculation to provide an overview of years of cents (pennies) in circulation in the local area.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Cent

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
Coin Type: Quarter

Turkeys or Eagles?

After discussing how Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey (not the bald eagle) to be our national bird, students graph their preferences and discuss the survey results.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math
Coin Type: None

Why is Roosevelt on the Dime?

Students will use a variety of reference resources to research the life of Franklin Roosevelt. From this research, they will determine why his image was chosen to appear on the dime.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Coins & Mint
Coin Type: Dime

Counting the 50 States!

In this game, students will use the United States Mint 50 State Quarters Program to learn and review the location of each of the 50 states.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subject: Coins & Mint
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

Franklin’s Fortune

Students will learn that fifty cents in the past could buy much more than it can today. They will construct graphs showing how the buying power of fifty cents has changed over time. They will also graph how the price of a product has changed over time. Students will also write percentage increase rate problems.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Half Dollar

Great Graphs (1999/2000)

Students will create a bar graph to demonstrate quantity.
Grades: K, 1st
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Quarter

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
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

What’s In The Bag?

Students will research a historical figure from the United States and introduce their classmates to items associated with this person. Students will also predict how that historical figure would fit into today's society.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Coins & Mint
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

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:
Coin Type: Cent