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What’s In The Bag?

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Summary

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.

Coin Type(s)

  • Cent
  • Nickel
  • Dime
  • Quarter
  • Half dollar
  • Dollar

Coin Program(s)

  • Lincoln Bicentennial Cents
  • Westward Journey Nickel Series
  • DC and Territory Quarters
  • 50 State Quarters
  • Presidential $1 Coin
  • Native American $1 Coin
  • Commemoratives

Objectives

  • 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.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Social Studies

Grades

  • Third grade
  • Fourth grade
  • Fifth grade
  • Sixth grade
  • Seventh grade
  • Eighth grade

Class Time

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

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Individual work

Terms and Concepts

  • American history
  • Artifacts
  • Historical figures

Materials

  1. Brainstorm with your students ways people remember important historical figures in our society. Some people are remembered by having their image placed on a coin or a medal.
  2. Ask your students what historical figures they have seen on American coins. Besides the current circulating coins, there are figures represented on commemorative coins and on medals. Take your students to the Medal Mania and Coin of the Month sections on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site to view some of them.
  3. With guidance, allow the students the opportunity to research more online about a historical figure depicted on a U.S. circulating coin, historic coin, or medal.  Students should choose someone they find interesting and want to learn more about.
  4. Give each student a paper bag to make a “personality bag” for their historical person. Have them draw on the outside of the bag a picture of the coin or medal. Each bag should contain 5 drawings or pictures of items from this person’s era that would somehow represent them. Students can also include two things from modern times that their person might have if they were alive today. For instance, if the student chose Meriwether Lewis, they might add a GPS (Global Positioning System) or cell phone.
  5. Have the students share these personality bags with the rest of the class.
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Evaluate the presentation of the bags for completeness (5 historic items and 2 modern) and clear explanations of why they included each item in the bag.

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

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.