To kick off the second year of the 50 State Quarters® Program, the Massachusetts quarter was "virtually struck" in Boston's Faneuil Hall on January 4, 2000.
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Massachusetts' "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.
Learn more about the latest quarter and the history that inspired it.
50 State Quarters Program
Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!
50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans
The 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans are now available on the H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for use in your classroom! Check out these exciting plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6.
State Quarter Day Classroom Activities
Here are some fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of the newest quarter in circulation!
Connected Coins and Medals
Massachusetts is filled with links to our nation's earliest history! Read on to learn about some coins that have ties to this significant state.
In 1620, some of the earliest American settlers, the Pilgrims, sailed to Massachusetts from England on the Mayflower and established the Plymouth Colony. Read all about the coin that the United States Mint produced 300 years later, The Pilgrim Tercentenary commemorative coin, in order to celebrate this historic landing.
For the thirty years after the Pilgrims established their colony in Plymouth, they could only use money made by the English royal treasury, by order of the king. When the king was dethroned, citizens of Boston produced some coins of their own. Read more about the fascinating history of the 1652 Pine Tree Shilling and try out its accompanying Teacher Feature, Coin-a-copia.
Our Foreign Friends
|The coins produced for the 50 State Quarters Program share much in common with the European currency, the euro. With your students, visit the interactive cartoon, Coins of the World, to see how these two programs are similar (here's a hint: look at the backs of euros from different countries, and then look at their fronts).|
A Coinage Cartoon
Teachers, if we've piqued your interest with the activities above, please sign up for the Teachers' Network. As a member, you can receive information about all of the new educational resources that become available from the United States Mint!