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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day in the Classroom

El Yunque National Forest

Image shows the El Yunque National Forest quarter.

In 2010, the United States Mint began to issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program.  The El Yunque National Forest quarter is the first of 2012 and the eleventh overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of El Yunque National Forest Quarter Day into your classroom.

El Yunque National Forest Quarter

Learn more about the quarter that honors this national site.

America the Beautiful Quarters Program

Find out more about this program that honors a national site in every state, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories!

America the Beautiful Quarters Program Lesson Plans

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The America the Beautiful Quarters Program lesson plans are now available for you to use in your classroom!  Check out these exciting plans, which are FREE to download and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, 4 through 6, 7 and 8, and 9 through 12.  Also be sure to check out our plans relating to the Puerto Rico quarter released in 2009 by visiting the 2009 Quarters lesson plans

America the Beautiful Quarters Day Classroom Activities

With this link, you will find fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of each new quarter!

Connected Coins

Image shows the Puerto Rico quarter.

In 2009, the United States Mint released the Puerto Rico quarter as part of the 50 State Quarters®  A major element in Puerto Rico's quarter design is a sentry box overlooking the sea.  This box reminds us of Puerto Rico's rich history, defensive strength, and strategic location in the Caribbean Sea. 

The other main image on the Puerto Rico quarter is the hibiscus flower.  This symbol speaks of the island's natural history and tropical beauty.  The island's motto, "Isla del Encanto," is also inscribed.  This Spanish phrase means "Isle of Enchantment." To learn more, visit Puerto Rico's quarter page and the Puerto Rico quarter as the March 2009 Coin of the Month.

Teachers' Network

Teachers, if the activities above have piqued your interest, please sign up for the Teachers' Network!  As a member, you can receive information about all of the educational resources available from the United States Mint.