Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Additional Subjects: Social Studies, Technology
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will write a creative story.
Students will collaborate with students from another class (if possible, using email) to write their story.
Access to a computer lab
The U.S. Mint's H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site
- The Minting Process Revealed: http://www.usmint.gov/kids/index.cfm?FileContents=/kids/coinnews/tour/blanking1.cfm
- Birth of a Coin: http://www.usmint.gov/kids/index.cfm?Filecontents=/kids/cartoons/index.cfm
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 3-5
2. Walk your students through the “Birth of a Coin” cartoon or “The Minting Process Revealed” section available on the U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site (You may want to bookmark these pages prior to starting this project with your students). These areas explain the process of making coins.
3. Tell your students that they are going to write a story based on the life a penny. The average penny lasts 25 years.
4. Students in your class will write the beginning of the story, which includes creating of the penny.
5. Your students will then pass their stories to the pen pals from another classroom (if possible, via email), which will write about the first 10 year of the penny’s life after it was created. This class should then send their story additions back to your students.
6. When your students get their stories back, they can finish the story by adding 15 more years on to the life of the penny.
7. They can send their final stories back to their pen pals.
Assessment / Evaluation:
Differentiated Learning Options: