Lessons That Make Cents January 2022

What’s New in 2022?

The U.S. Mint has more resources, updated videos, new games, and more to jump-start learning in 2022!

Monthly Mint Trivia: What is the Mint’s newest circulating coin program, starting in 2022?

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New Content and Learning Resources

coloring book, puzzle pieces, game controller, game iconExpand student knowledge with new resources, videos, games, and more on U.S. Mint Coin Classroom.

Explore the related content.

U.S. Mint Coin Classroom Content & Education Resources (Grades K-6):


  • Word Quest: New levels added! Search for key coin and history terms in online word search puzzles.
  • Making Change: New features added! Create your own coin using the Mint’s online coin designer.
  • Fort Knox Frenzy: Protect the gold at Fort Knox in this adventure game.

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

Coin of the Month: Maya Angelou Quarter

Maya Angelou quarter reverse and obverseThe Maya Angelou Quarter is the first coin in the American Women Quarters Program. Maya Angelou was a celebrated writer, performer, and social activist. She rose to international prominence as an author after the publication of her groundbreaking autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Angelou’s published works of verse, non-fiction, and fiction include more than 30 bestselling titles.

Angelou’s remarkable career encompasses dance, theater, journalism, and social activism. She appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including “Cabaret for Freedom,” which she wrote with Godfrey Cambridge. At the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she served as northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1978, she was a National Book Award judge for biography and autobiography.

Angelou received more than 30 honorary degrees and was inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame for Writers. In 2010, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community.

The reverse (tails) design depicts Maya Angelou with her arms uplifted. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived.

G.W. Quarters Jigsaw Puzzles

jigsaw puzzle game feature

Assemble puzzles and learn about coins in the Mint’s newest kid’s game.

U.S. Mint Artist Video

Go behind the scenes of the artistic process in our newest video.

Test Surface Tension

surface tension activity materials

See and explain surface tension in action using this coin activity.

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-6 lesson plans, online educational games, videos, online quizzes, a free Coin Coloring Book, and other resources. Reach out to us at education.outreach@usmint.treas.gov to request resources that fit your education needs.

Trivia Answer: The American Women Quarters™ Program is the Mint’s newest circulating coin program.