Utah Quarter Lesson Plans
Do you know that we have a collection of lesson plans based on the Utah quarter?
The 50 State Quarters® Program lesson plans are now available on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for you to use in your classroom! Take a look at the lesson plans created specifically to celebrate the Utah quarter: Which Came First? (K and 1), I'll Meet You in the Middle (2 and 3), and Read All About It! (4-6). After that, check out the rest of these state-specific plans, which are FREE to download and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-6.
Make a "Connection"
The Utah quarter celebrates the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in 1869 at Promontory, Utah. The linking of the eastern and western United States with the joining of the railroad had a great impact on the industry and economy of the Western states. Have students learn more about this impact by examining states in the West, such as Utah, prior to the linking of the railroad and then in the years that followed. Have students examine what types of industry were introduced after the joining of the railroad and how it impacted daily life and the economy. Have students create a poster that advertises one of the new products, industries, and/or events that would have been available in the West after the linking of the railroad. Learn more about the 1915 Panama-Pacific Octagonal 50-Dollar Coin and have students make a "Canal Connection" with a Teacher Feature that celebrates another historical linking of East and West; the completion of the Panama Canal.