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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
North Carolina Outline

In a ceremony on March 12, 2001, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the North Carolina quarter, at a ceremony in Raleigh, NC.  The ceremony, held at the North Carolina Museum of History, marked the release of the release of the twelfth state's quarter to be celebrated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of North Carolina's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.


North Carolina Quarter Reverse

North Carolina Quarter

Learn more about the latest quarter and the important event that inspired it.


50 State Quarters Program

50 State Quarters Program

Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!


50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans

FREE 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!

Also, take a trip to Get a Clue About Collecting to Find the Hidden Coins that are a part of the 50 State Quarters Program.


Connected Coins and Medals

North Carolina is understandably proud to be the home of this amazing aviation accomplishment.  Read on to learn about some other coins with a connection to flight:

Home to some of the finest artifacts in flight history, the National Air and Space Museum is the most frequently visited museum in the world.  Take a look at the Smithsonian Silver Dollar which commemorates not only the Air and Space Museum, but the numerous other museums, galleries, research institutes and zoo that combine to form the Smithsonian Institute.

1996 Smithsonian Silver Dollar Obverse
1971 Eisenhower Dollar Obverse

Did you know that the 1971 Eisenhower Silver Dollar coin was designed to commemorate another outstanding American achievement in flight?  Check out this coin to learn exactly which success this coin marks.


Our Foreign Friends

Quarter Obverse 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). 1 Euro Obverse

Quarter Games

Puzzle Mint

Here's a challenge for your students!  Put all the pieces of the North Carolina quarter back together—in three minutes or less!

Cents of Color

Are your students budding artists?  Let them try their hands at painting the North Carolina quarter.  Let your imagination run wild and truly make the "First Flight" a colorful event!

Mark My Words

Here's a word search all about quarters and other coins.  Can your students find all the words on each list?


Birth of a Coin

A Coinage Cartoon

Do you want to show your students how quarters and other coins are made?  Check out the Birth of a Coin cartoon, which tells you all about it!

Teachers' Network

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!