Name That Coin
If your students like a good mystery, why not create a "Name That Coin" activity for the computer center in your classroom? Choose several coins that have been featured as Coins of the Month on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket ChangeT Web site. For each coin you have chosen, list several (at least 5) clues on separate pieces of paper. Be sure to number and laminate each set of clues. Allow your students to use the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site to figure out which coin is being described. Keep a laminated answer key near the computer center so your students can check their responses.
The project described above reflects some of the national standards of learning as defined by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), and the International Society for Technology in Education. These standards are listed below:
Technology research tools
The students will use the Internet (specifically the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site) to relate coin information to a particular coin.
Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
The students will use the Internet to determine which coin is being described.