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New Mexico Quarter Lesson Plans


Do you know that we have a collection of lesson plans based on the New Mexico 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 New Mexico quarter:  "All About Nicknames" (K and 1), "It's All in the Pattern" (2 and 3), and "Sunny Symbols" (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 New Mexico quarter features the outline of the state with a topographical texture.  With your students identify what a topographic map is and why it would be used.  Also identify the various types of maps which can be used (see "An Island Introduction" for map vocabulary and related worksheets) and what these maps can represent.  Ask students to think of advantages and disadvantages to using a topographic map and record student answers on chart paper.  Locate examples of various types of maps of the same location, such as the nearest city, the state, or a national park.  As a class, locate the keys on each of the maps and the different markings used.  Ask the students what each map best represents and the advantages of using that type of map.

Ask the students to work in pairs or small groups to create a topographic map of a local area.  Students can choose to create a topographic map of the neighborhood around school, a nearby park, or a nearby city.  Have the students create a key and sketch their maps on large sheets of paper.  Display the student maps around the classroom.

As a related outdoor activity, create a topographic map key on the playground using masking tape and chalk.  Have the students create a key for the playground area and neighborhood, sketch the key and label areas with the chalk and masking tape.

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