All “Coins” Lead To Rome: Roman symbols that can be found on U.S. coins
Main Subject Area: Social Studies
Additional Subjects: Art, Language Arts, Science
Duration of Lesson: 90 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will observe carefully the various features of a coin including the portraits and symbols on the obverse and reverse, the edging, the metal(s) used, the diameter, the mintmark, and date. They will use these observations to classify and sort coins.
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Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 3-5 6-8
2. Break students into groups. In groups they should brainstorm all the ways they can classify the coins. What symbols are on the coin? What phrases are on the coin, and what do they mean for America? Who or what is on the obverse and reverse? What can you find out about the person or place or objects? What symbols may have been associated with Ancient Rome and Greece ? (Have students look at their handouts and see what images were actually used on ancient coins)
3. As a class, decide on the different categories that can be used to classify all of the coins. Examples include mint mark, date, symbols, etc.
4. Give each student his or her own coin. Have the students write as many observations as they can about their coin. Student can use the categories they agreed on as a class to classify their coin.
5. Students should then get back into their groups and put all of their coins in the middle of the table.
6. Have students exchange descriptions within their group and see if their coin can be picked from their group based on the description they wrote.
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