Penny Science

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A penny can be a much more valuable teaching tool that you might think. Whether you are teaching about chemical reactions, surface tension, the behavior of gases, or are just looking for engaging activities for early finishers, this resource offers several ideas for integrating these copper coins into your science lessons.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Include these activities in science lessons on the corresponding topics
  • Set these activities up as a series of learning centers that students rotate through to celebrate Lucky Penny Day on May 23
Classroom Considerations
  • Some of the activities call for tossing and/or flicking pennies, which will required clear demonstrations and explicit expectations for how they should be performed
  • A total of 11 different penny activities are listed in this resource
  • Activities include a list of required  materials, directions, and an explanation of the scientific concepts being demonstrated
  • Only four of the activities have an academic focus, while the others are intended to be just for fun
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