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Ben Franklin Half Dollar

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Summary

Students will research Franklin's contributions to American culture and technological progress through his quotes and inventions. They will also analyze research in order to design a coin honoring Ben Franklin’s contributions.

Coin Type(s)

  • Half dollar

Coin Program(s)

  • Generic

Objectives

  • Students will research Benjamin Franklin’s contributions to American culture and technological progress through his quotes and inventions.
  • Students will analyze research in order to design a coin honoring Franklin’s contributions.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts

Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections

  • Art
  • Social Studies
  • Technology

Grades

  • Kindergarten
  • First grade
  • Second grade
  • Third grade
  • Fourth grade
  • Fifth grade
  • Sixth grade
  • Seventh grade

Class Time

Sessions: One
Session Length: 30-45 minutes
Total Length: 0-45 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Small groups
  • Individual work

Terms and Concepts

  • Ben Franklin half dollar
  • Coins
  • Quotes
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Writing

Materials

  • Internet access
  • Art Materials: chart paper, markers, white paper, compasses, pencils, colored pencils, black fine line pens
  1. Ask your students to share what they know about Benjamin Franklin. Use a graphic organizer, such as a web, to organize the student's responses. Guide the students to understand that Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, author, statesman, philosopher, scientist, and printer.
  2. Have the students in small groups investigate Franklin's inventions using the Internet, books and other library resources.
  3. Have the students compile a list of at least five of Benjamin Franklin's inventions with a brief written description of each. Have the students rank the inventions in order of importance to American culture and progress. Record the rankings and discuss them as a class.
  4. Have the students search for examples of quotes from Benjamin Franklin. Invite the students to share the quotes with the class. As a class, discuss the meaning of the quotes.
  5. Discuss how these quotes reflect life during Benjamin Franklin's time and how those quotes might be interpreted today. For example, "Mind Your Business" was Franklin's proposal for a national motto and he meant that if each American paid attention to his or her own business, all America would prosper.
  6. Have each of the students select an invention or quote. Invite the students to develop a coin that best represents how Benjamin Franklin contributed to American culture and progress.
  7. Have the students share their coin. They can share it orally or have a checklist of requirements.
  8. As a class, discuss how Benjamin Franklin may have reacted to having his likeness on a coin.

Differentiated Learning Options

  • Have students write a focus statement paragraph, reason paragraph, or conclusion paragraph.
  • Have students dictate their writing to a scribe.

Enrichments/Extensions

  • Have students research how the United States Mint chooses who and what are featured on coins.
  • Have students write newspaper articles from the 1770s announcing a new Benjamin Franklin coin.

Technology Extensions

Have students create a new coin on computer and then write a letter explaining the designs. Have students submit the designs to the United States Mint for consideration.

Use the coins and quotes to assess whether the students have met the lesson objectives.

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This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.

Discipline: Visual Arts and Music
Domain: K-4 Visual Arts
Cluster: Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
Grade(s): Grades K–4
Standards:

  • Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
  • Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
  • Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
  • Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Discipline: Visual Arts and Music
Domain: 5-8 Visual Arts
Cluster: Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
Grade(s): Grades K–4
Standards:

  • Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
  • Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: All Language Arts Standards
Cluster: Print/Non-print Texts
Grade(s): Grades K–4
Standards:

  • Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.