The EnlightenMint History Lab takes a week:
The final draft of the coin can be a drawing or you can purchase heavy gauge aluminum foil and have the kids cut them into circles and use a ball point pen to carve into the foil. It gives the appearance of an actual coin. I ordered two rolls for my 180 students.
1. Print Exhibits for each station. I print 4 each so that each student within the 4-member group can read along. I print them on card stock and in color to enhance the experience. Two stations require videos: Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 4. Download them or if your students have iPads, you can always use QR Codes that are within the exhibits.
I place the exhibits in big envelopes and place a Sticker that identifies the evidence on each envelope. I purchased sticker printer paper from Amazon.
2. Copy a Student Journal for each student.
3. To start the history lab with my class, take them through the Powerpoint. Download the attachments that go with it or the lab won't work properly: Timer and EnlightenMint Trailer.
4. With collaboration at the forefront of my mind, I design the labs to require no intervention on my end. Students rotate through the stations. They become used to hearing the bell at the end of the timer that signals its time to move and they move to the next station without prompting.
Because they are able to collaborate and do the work completely independent of me, I am able to focus on their collaboration techniques. I listen for their use of the Collaborative Roles and give them feedback and assess their collaboration using the Collaboration Scoring Guide.
FUN TWIST: At times, I make this a fun challenge by giving the group the collaborates the best hats or a trophy of some sort. Throughout the lab, I'll move the trophy or hats to the group that is doing really well collaborating. The group that is in possession of the trophy or hats at the conclusion of the lab, wins a small prize.
5. After the lab, students can examine America's founding documents to determine which Enlightenment Thinker's ideas appear most and were most important to the American system of government and justice.
6. Students then use a template to draft a coin to honor the one Enlightenment Thinker they deem most worthy. They also research more information that they will include in the brochure.
7. They can either create a coin from heavy gauge aluminum or on paper. My students made a brochure to accompany their coin.
If you want the kids to make it from aluminum, you might need:
1. A helpful tutorial for you, the teacher
2. A guide for kids on making the coin and the brochure