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Can You Tell the Difference?


Students will use the White Mountain National Forest quarter to learn about the similarities and differences between national parks and national forests.


Read the January Coin of the Month to learn about national forests. Using White Mountain National Forest as an example, discuss exceptional features of this national forest. Have the students research various national forests and national parks using available online and classroom resources. Invite the students to work in groups and use a graphic organizer to show their findings. Have the students create a visual display highlighting special features that national forests and national parks bring to the people of the United States.

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Do you know that we have a collection of lesson plans based on the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program for educators and students to enjoy?  Lesson plans for grades K through 12 are available online for free.  Be sure to use this program to explore the rich history of our national sites with your students.

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