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Alaska Quarter Lesson Plans


Do you know that we have a collection of lesson plans based on the Alaska 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 Alaska quarter:  Water Cycling in the Wilderness (K–1), It's a Bear Out There (2–3), and The Coin and the Fable (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 Alaska quarter features a brown bear catching a salmon in a river.  A single star stands for the North Star.  The phrase "The Great Land" is a translation of the Aleutian word "Alyeska" from which the state gets its name.

Learn more about another state quarter which features a salmon; Washington.  Have students work in pairs to research the geographical locations, climate, and ecosystems of both Washington and Alaska.  Students should display their research findings by creating a Venn diagram that features the similarities and differences between each state.  Have students use pictures found in magazines and on the Internet to fill in the Venn diagram as well as captions or descriptions.

Have student pairs present some of their findings to the class and display completed Venn diagrams around the room.

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