Introduce children and teens to the wonderful world of money with free lesson plans from the American Numismatic Association.
One of the primary goals of the ANA is to advance the study of money along educational, historical and scientific lines, as well as enhance interest in the hobby among school-age children. The following resources are tools for educators and parents interested in teaching their students about the fascinating world of money. Expand the dropdown menus below to find free lesson plans, worksheets and slideshows.
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- World War I
- Evolution of the U.S. Silver Dollar
Pick a Year, Any Year
When we discuss a coin’s “value,” what do we really mean? This presentation takes you back to the year 1912. Help your students learn how to use a coin as a catalyst to research world, national and local events of any year.
- Oh, the State I’m In
- Roman Coin Research
Current Events on Coins
The images found on coins reflect society. Challenge students to design their own coin to commemorate an event!
- Denomination Dilemma
Adopt-A-School Program Educational Kits
Numismatics is not just a hobby for adults. The future of the hobby is dependent on younger audiences becoming interested in collecting. Through programs like Coins for A’s and the new Adopt-A-School program, the American Numismatic Association is reaching school-age kids to promote curiosity and interest in numismatics.
The Adopt-A-School program consists of educational kits to be used in a classroom setting. Parents, district representatives or club members can “adopt-a-school” and use the kit to teach students about the importance of numismatics while adhering to the educational curriculum.
Various lessons included in the kit are geared towards different age groups, from upper elementary grades to high school. The education kit provides the lesson plans that could easily fit into a classroom schedule, meet a teacher’s goals and provide a more in-depth look at numismatics for the kids.
Each kit includes instructions to all the different lesson plans, a flash drive with presentations, pencils, coins needed with the lessons, reference books, worksheets, plans for an archaeological dig and more. The kit gives the user access to everything needed to successfully run the educational courses.
Adopt-A-School kits are available for free to ANA member clubs – one kit per ANA club upon request. The kits can also be purchased for $24.95, postage paid.
For more information or to order a kit, contact Paula Knepper at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 482-9845.
Coins for A’s Program
Encourage your students to achieve higher grades with the ANA’s Coins for A’s program! Students that earn three or more A’s receive a coin and a FREE initial 1 year electronic membership to the American Numismatic Association.
Download the printable flyer below or learn more here.
Request Free Educational Resources from the U.S. Mint
Learn how you can request educational materials from the U.S. Mint. These printed materials are free and usually ship within 4-6 weeks.