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American Samoa Quarter Lesson Plans

Overview

Do you know that we have a collection of lesson plans based on the American Samoa quarter?

Activity

The District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarter 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 American Samoa quarter:  "Patterning the Pacific" (K and 1), "Trading Traditions" (2 and 3), and "In with the Imports" (4–6).  After that, check out the rest of the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, and 4 through 6.

Make a Connection

American Samoa is a group of five islands and two atolls in the South Pacific Ocean.  What better place to take a "virtual vacation" than to an island in the South Pacific.  Begin by locating American Samoa on large classroom map.  Mark the location of your school and the location of American Samoa.  Divide the class into pairs or small groups.  Explain that each pair or small group will plan a "virtual vacation" to American Samoa.

A "virtual vacation" will involve researching information such as flights, hotels, and activities for a trip to American Samoa.  Instead of actually visiting, the students will share what they have learned with the class through a presentation.  Presentations can be done using poster boards or multimedia equipment.

Assign the class a budget and length of stay (such as five days and four nights).  Explain that each pair or small group must stay with in budget and arrive back on time.  Allow students supervised time in the computer lab to complete the activity.  Have student pairs or small groups share their "virtual vacation" with the class.

Related Games

With Painters Studio, you can have students color the unique designs featured on the new District of Columbia and U.S. Territories quarters while learning about the nation's capital and territories.


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