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My Personal Mount Rushmore

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Summary

Starting with the Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter, students will recognize famous Americans and the influence they had on our country. Students will analyze what it means to be influential.

Coin Type(s)

  • Quarter

Coin Program(s)

  • America The Beautiful Quarters

Objectives

  • Students will recognize famous Americans and the influence they had on our country.
  • Students will analyze what it means to be influential.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections

  • Art

Grades

  • Kindergarten
  • First grade

Class Time

Sessions: Two
Session Length: 20-30 minutes
Total Length: 46-90 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Individual work

Materials

  • An age-appropriate text that gives information about the life of Thomas Jefferson, such as:
    • A Picture Book Of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler
    • Meet Thomas Jefferson by Patricia A. Pingry
    • Thomas Jefferson (Rookie Biographies) by Simone T. Ribke
  • Age-appropriate, relevant Web sites, such as:

Preparations

  • Make copies of relevant worksheets.
  • Bookmark relevant Web sites.

Worksheets and Files

Lesson plan, worksheet(s), and rubric (if any) at www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/392.pdf.

  1. Display and examine the "Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter" page or use the zoom feature at www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb/?local= MountRushmore. Locate this national site on a class map. Note its position in relation to your school’s location. Tell the students that the front of a coin is called the "obverse" and the back is called the "reverse." 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.
  2. Display images of Mount Rushmore. Identify the faces depicted on Mount Rush-more as former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Explain to the students that these four men were very influential (to be defined later) to the United States. Display the coin image again and help the students identify the faces as those of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
  3. Read a text on Thomas Jefferson. Make a class chart of important things that Thomas Jefferson did for the United States.
  4. Ask the students to define "influential." Tell the students that "influential" means someone or something that is important and can affect and inspire other people and events. Discuss people they know who are influential.
  5. Introduce the students to the "Who and Why?" worksheet. Tell the students that they are to choose four people who are influential in their lives. The students will then use this worksheet to write a little about each of the four people and why they chose them. Allow students time to complete the assignment.
  6. Introduce the students to the "My Personal Mount Rushmore" worksheet. Explain that they will be designing their own Mount Rushmore using the four people from their "Who and Why?" worksheet. Model this for the students using your own example.
  7. Display the "My Personal Mount Rushmore" worksheets for all to see.
There are no modification options for this lesson plan.
  • Take anecdotal notes about the students’ participation in class discussions.
  • Evaluate the students’ worksheets and projects for understanding of the lesson objectives.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: L.K Language
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
Standards:

  • L.K.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
    • Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
    • Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
    • Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).
    • Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
    • Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
  • L.K.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
    • Recognize and name end punctuation.
    • Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).
    • Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: L.1 Language
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
Standards:

  • L.1.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Print all upper- and lowercase letters.
    • Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
    • Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).
    • Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their, anyone, everything).
    • Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).
    • Use frequently occurring adjectives.
    • Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because).
    • Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives).
    • Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward).
    • Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.
  • L.1.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Capitalize dates and names of people.
    • Use end punctuation for sentences.
    • Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series.
    • Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
    • Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: W.1 Writing
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Text Types and Purposes
Standards:

  • W.1.1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
  • W.1.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
  • W.1.3. Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.