A Visit to White Mountain
Starting with the White Mountain National Forest quarter, students will analyze the history of White Mountain National Forest to understand how visiting the forest has changed from when the park opened in 1918 to today.
- America The Beautiful Quarters
Students will analyze the history of White Mountain National Forest to understand how visiting the forest has changed from when the park opened in 1918 to today.
Major Subject Area Connections
- Social Studies
Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections
- Ninth grade
- Tenth grade
- Eleventh grade
- Twelfth grade
Session Length: 45-60 minutes
Total Length: 151-500 minutes
- Whole group
- Small groups
- Individual work
- “White Mountain National Forest Quarter”
- “White Mountain Postcard”
- “Come to White Mountain Rubric”
- Age-appropriate, relevant Web sites, such as:
- America the Beautiful Quarters® Program: www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb/
- White MountainNational Forest web site: www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain
- About the Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/main/whitemountain/about-forest
- History and Culture: www.fs.usda.gov/main/whitemountain/learning/historyculture
- Special Places: www.fs.usda.gov/attmain/whitemountain/specialplaces
- Mt. Washington Auto Road, Dolly Cope Campground Information: www.recreation. gov/camping/Dolly_Copp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70441&topTabIndex=Search
- Mt. Washington Auto Road, Winter Pictures: www.nws.noaa.gov/com/nwsfocus/mt_wash.htm
- Mt. Washington Auto Road, Trail Information: www.nws.noaa.gov/com/nwsfocus/mt_wash.htm
Worksheets and Files
Lesson plan, worksheet(s), and rubric (if any) at www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/376.pdf.
- Display and examine the “White Mountain National Forest Quarter” page or use the coin’s zoom feature at www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb/?local=WhiteMountain. Locate this national site on a class map. Note its position in relation to your school’s location. As background, explain to the students that the United States Mint began to issue the quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program in 2010. By the time the program ends in 2021, there will be a total of 56 designs. Each design will focus on a different national site—one from each state, territory and the District of Columbia.
- In either small groups or pairs, create a circle map of adjectives that come to mind when looking at the quarter design.
- Print out or have the students read the sections titled About the Forest, Special Places, and History and Culture on the White Mountain National Forest’s Web site. Using any grouping (whole class, small group, pairs, or individual), have the students answer the following questions.
- Why do people go on vacation? To relax, reconnect with family, relieve stress, see new places, get away from daily life, etc.
- Where do they go? Somewhere new, foreign country, somewhere beautiful, different weather (warm/snow), place they can learn something new, etc.
- Why was White Mountain National Forest established? To preserve the forest (see www.fs.usda.gov/main/whitemountain/about-forest).
- How long has White Mountain been a National Forest? Since 1918.
- Why did and do people visit the National Forest? To see pristine land, have wilderness adventure, avoid crowds, learn about the past, enjoy nature, etc.
- Describe what visiting the forest would have been like when it opened in 1918. Hard to get to, few amenities, fewer visitors, too expensive for many, no GPS/Internet to plan trip, etc.
- Compare being a visitor when the park opened in 1918 and now. Now: Can pre-plan trip online, more affordable, more amenities like indoor plumbing and paved paths, more crowded, more hotels/gas stations/highways ease travel, etc.
- Why do you think we still have National Forests today? To preserve nature, local history, local heritage, natural habitat for animals and to have local outdoor areas for people to use.
- Have the students create projects that explore why people visit White Mountain National Forest and what has changed since 1918, focusing on a decade between 1910 and today. Have all the students complete the "White Mountain Postcard" worksheet and, in addition, have small groups choose a product such as those listed on the "Come to White Mountain Rubric."
- Take anecdotal notes from the large/small group discussions.
- Use the rubric to assess students’ understanding of the objective.
This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.
Discipline: Social Studies
Domain: All Thematic Standards
Cluster: Individual Development and Identity
Grade(s): Grades K–12
- assist learners in articulating personal connections to time, place, and social/cultural systems
- help learners to appreciate and describe the influence of cultures, past and present, upon the daily lives of individuals
- assist learners to describe how family, religion, gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, and other group and cultural influences contribute to the development of a sense of self
- have learners apply concepts, inquiry, methods, and theories in the study of human growth and development, learning, motivation, behavior, perception, and personality
- guide learners as they analyze the interactions among ethical, ethnic, national, and cultural factors in specific situations
- help learners to analyze the role of perceptions, attitudes, values, and beliefs in the development of personal identity and their effect upon human behavior
- have learners compare and evaluate the impact of stereotyping, conformity, acts of altruism, discrimination, and other behaviors on individuals and groups
- help learners understand how individual perceptions develop, vary, and can lead to conflict
- assist learners as they work independently and cooperatively within groups and institutions to accomplish goals
- enable learners to examine factors that contribute to and damage one’s mental health; and analyze issues related to mental health and behavioral disorders in contemporary society