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United States Mint: Lesson Plans and Educator Resources

Found in: social studies; math; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Lesson Plans and Educator Resources
The US Mint offers K-12 cross-curricular lessons, activities, and resources aligned with Common Core and National Standards. Search by grade, subject, coin type, and coin program. An additional section covers financial literacy.

  • Lessons: A featured K-5 lesson is Change Mixer. In this game, students recognize coins and their values as they skip, slide, gallop, run, and jump. The game also asks students to add coin values. In The Value Of Exchange, students in sixth grade make decisions about bartering similar to those made by Lewis and Clark. In What Price For The Horse?, students in grades 7-8 identify factors that influence economic activities and trade. In You Can Bank On It!, students in grades 9-12 examine the purpose and functions of the Federal Reserve System and its effect on the nation’s economy.
  • Activities & Resources: These include games, gadgets, and coin curricula.
  • Financial Literacy supplies lessons and activities to help K-12 students learn how to save and manage their money. Links to other websites provide more materials to use in the classroom.


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