In different parts of the world there are different kinds of currency and coins that have a magnetic property. It is the purpose of this lesson to introduce third graders to the magnetic property of different kinds of coins.
1. Identify the different kinds of coins and countries.
2. Identify the characteristics of magnetic coins
3. Be able to perform a simple experiment to determine magnetic ability
4. Record data and observations in a journal
5. Make language arts and technology connections with science
State Goal 11: Have a working knowledge of the processes of scientific
inquiry and technological design to investigate questions,
conduct experiments and solve problems.
Standards: Asking and answering questions and comparing experimental results
to what is already known
Goals: To conduct experiments and observations and explain what was discovered
Activity One Name and Description of Coins
Below are the names and descriptions of coins. Match the name with the correct description.
a small British coin worth less than a penny and no longer in use
|a coin of the U.S. and of Canada equal to ten cents: one tenth of a dollar|
|the basic unit of money in the Netherlands|
|the basic unit of money in France|
|the basic unit of money in Mexico, Spain|
|an older British plural of penny|
|the basic unit of money in the United Kingdom (UK) equal to 100 pennies|
|U.S. or Canadian cent. a British coin equal to 1/100 of a pound|
|a coin of the U.S. or Canada worth fifty cents|
|a coin in the U.S. or Canada made of copper and nickel worth five cents|
|a coin of the U.S. equal to twenty-five cents|
|a coin in the U.S. equal to 100 pennies|
Magical Magnetic Coins
Directions: Place a Y to indicate the magnetic coin. Place a N to indicate a nonmagnetic coin.
Silver Dollar Half Dollar Quarter Dime Nickel Penny
Canada Five Cents Ten Cents One Cent
1/2 Franc 20 Centi 10 Centi
L50 L10 L5
10 Cent Duppeltje One Cent
One Farthing One Penny Two Pence Ten Pence One Pound
Coin Profile Sheet
Magnetism of coin. Did it attract or repel?
Name of Coin Shape of coin
Write a story, poem or song about what you have learned about magical magnetic coins.
Put the coins in a paper bag. Ask the people at your table to reach in and identify the coin by feeling. They should state what shape they think they have chosen and what characteristics they can identify before they pull it out from the bag. They should then pull the shape from the bag, check to see that they are correct and then pass the bag on to the next person at the table.
English ... Dutch ... Italian ... Spanish ... French ... Canadian
U. S. Coins (non-magnetic)
How did I test for the characteristic?
What did I experience?
Describe the characteristic. What does this mean?
Communication: Written explanation for the solution process.
4 Complete written explanation of the solution process
3 Nearly complete explanation of the solution process
2 Some explanation of the solution process
1 Minimal explanation. Explanation does not match solution
0 No written explanation of the solution process
ęShirley M. Cesair