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Reference Sites

U.S. Mint

The official site of the United States Mint. Lots of information about how United States coins are made, interesting historical articles, information about Mint programs, and a super Kid's Section. Plan to spend some time exploring this link!

Kids Bank.Com

Sovereign Bank brings you this fun place for kids to learn about money and banking. Follow along with each of the colorful cartoon characters to explore some of the fundamentals of money and banking.

History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day

This site contains a chronology,, and a collection of essays on various themes using information based on the book on monetary history with the same title.

50 States Quarters from the United States Mint

Celebrate our 50 states with the U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters™ Program. Thanks to this innovative ten-year program, every 10 weeks you will see a new state's quarter - released in the order the states joined the Union. Every coin is unique, as is every state's design selection process. To learn more about this exciting celebration, check out this official page from the United States Mint.

50 States Commemorative Circulating Coin Program

Starting in 1999, the design of the U.S. quarter will change. Reverses of circulating quarters will be replaced with designs representative of each of the fifty states. Five State Quarters will be issued every year in the order that they ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union. This page is a collection of links to information about the program.

Pomp: The Sacagawea Dollar

Read the adventures of this native American boy in an e-book that includes history of the American West, written by Liz Sonneborn. See a picture of the Sacagawea dollar coin too!

National Numismatic Collection

This collection from the Smithsonian is home to coins, paper money, and medals from all throughout the world.

Americans for Common Cents

Read facts and a history of the penny. Learn why it's valuable to
keep your cents


Lesson Plans and Units of Study

United States Mint "h.i.p Pocket Change" Teacher's Section

The United States Mint offers this incredible cross-curricular classroom resource. Strike it rich and help your students make heads and tails of coins! Included features are:

  • Ready-to-roll Lesson Plans covering History, Language Arts and Mathematics
  • "Teacher Features" - topic related classroom ideas
  • Projects designed to make classroom connections
  • Library of numismatic resources for you and your students
  • Teacher's Guide help section

"It Makes Cents to Me Now" from Core Knowledge

Grade Level: 1
Length of Unit: 2 Weeks

Students earn, save, spend and learn about money. Children are taught the Coin Song and Money Song which both teach the value of each coin and their equivalencies. The objectives taught during this unit consist of: coin and bill identification, coin and bill values, equivalencies, counting money, and applying money in everyday situations. Many useful resources are incorporated in this unit. Children learn the value of each coin by using 1 x 1 inch grid graphing paper. This concept helps illustrate the value of a dollar.

"Money, Money, Money!" from Core Knowledge

Grade Level: 2
Length of Unit: 11 Lessons

Through this unit, children will learn money concepts as described in the Core Knowledge sequence, such as: identifying coins, coin values, and that equal amounts can be reached through different coin combinations. We will build on these concepts through hands-on explorations, activities, and integration of the Core Knowledge sequence and other literature.

Money, Money, Money! - An Interactive Unit - Entertaining WebQuest developed by Colette McGrew - INMD 410 - On-line Instructional Unit Product Design - Northeastern Illlinois University.

Grade Level: 3

This unit introduces children to the concept of money as a measure of value and a means of exchange. They will be exploring the different forms of money, how money works and the role of money in people's lives and businesses. Their minds will be stimulated to think about the role money has played in people's lives in the past and how it continues to affect people's lives today. They will be accessing information using the latest form of technology, the computer and the World Wide Web.

Money Unit - Grade 5 - by Sandie Andrews

Throughout this unit students will be involved in manipulative hands-on activities. Most activities will be set up in stations where students rotate at their pace. This will allow for independent learning as well as group work and peer teaching. The underlying concept of all the activities is problem solving. The problems are developed to challenge students based on abilities, to motivate based on interest, and to be meaningful to the students' lives: connecting mathematics to real life situations. Such an approach of allowing students to interact with peers and materials and using their own experiences to learn makes the experience meaningful, as well as developing a positive attitude to mathematics and promoting students to become life long learners

"Economics Minute" Lesson Plans - from the National Council on Economic Education

Grade Level: K-12

A collection of short lesson plans from the National Council of Economic Education. The collection includes ideas for all grade levels from Kindergarten through Grade 12. You can browse the EconEdlink online lessons by Title, Grade, Standard, or Lesson Plan Type.

Interactive Activity Sites is a wonderful online resource full of interactive math activities. These specific pages teach skip counting skills. Each page has an explanation, interactive practice and challenge games about counting.
Counting By Twos
Counting By Fives
Counting By Tens

Totwood First School - Norfolk, U.K. has some delightful interactive activities. Children will enjoy the colorful graphics thoroughly and learn valuable counting skills at the same time!
Froggy Hops
Add 1s or 10s to a number with the help of a friendly frog.
100 Square
Interactive practice adding 10 to a number using an online 100 square.
Octopus Game
Adding 10 to a number below 60.
Fairground Target Game
Interactive practice counting by 10s using a duck shoot!
The National Council of Teacher Mathmatics collection of Electonic Examples includes "Learning about Number Relationships and Properties of Numbers--Using Calculators and Hundred Boards: Patterns to 100 and Beyond" In this two-part example virtual hundred boards and calculators furnish a visual way of highlighting and displaying various patterns and relationships among numbers. Using calculators and hundred boards together, teachers can encourage students to communicate their thinking with others. In the first part, Displaying Number Patterns, the same patterns are displayed on a calculator and on a hundred board simultaneously. In this second part, Patterns to 100 and Beyond, students examine number patterns, using a calculator to move beyond 100.

Download Software/Shareware

Flix Productions - Animated Early Learning CD

Download an evaluation version of Animated Money - Teaches coin recognition and math skills using US and Canadian coins. The coins are scanned in to be highly recognizable. Three types of games are provided: coin recognition and adjustable level matching games (coins to amounts and coins to coins). 10 matches earn a ticket to an animated movie featuring clay animation, etc.

Purchase price for the complete collection is $35.00. Four programs are included:

  • Animated Words-a spelling program for children from pre-school through first grade.
  • Animated Money teaches coin recognition and math skills.
  • Animated Clock for children from pre-school through third grade that
    teaches them to tell time in a variety of ways.
  • Animated Memory Game-A concentration type game with animation.