In a ceremony on April 7, 2006, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the Nebraska quarter. The ceremony, held in the capital city of Lincoln, marked the release of the thirty-seventh state to be celebrated as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.
Nebraska's coin features an ox-drawn covered wagon with the sun in full view, carrying pioneers in the foreground and Chimney Rock, the natural wonder that rises from the valley of North Platte River, measuring 445 feet from base to tip. The coin also bears the inscriptions "Nebraska," "Chimney Rock" and "1867."
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the features of the Nebraska coin and the excitement of the Nebraska "State Quarter Day" into your classroom!
Learn more about the new quarter featuring pioneers and Chimney Rock.
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 ready for you to use in your classroom! Take a look at the lessons created specifically to celebrate the Nebraska quarter: Push or Pull (K–1), Travel the Trail (2–3), and Wagons West! (4–6)! After that, be sure to check out the rest of the state-specific plans, FREE to download in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, and 4 through 6.
Are you a secondary school teacher interested in introducing the 50 State Quarters Program into your curriculum? Well, now you can! Our 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans for grades 7 through 12 are also written by educators. To download these FREE plans, visit the 50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans today!
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 Coin Collector's Workshop! Here, you can enroll in Inspector Collector's Coin Course, or solve coin mysteries in Get a Clue About Collecting. You can even learn How To Share Your Hobby!
"Seeing the States" WebQuest
What's so great about the United States? Let your students find out for themselves as they explore the coins in the 50 State Quarters Program to complete this fun Internet research project, the "Seeing the States" WebQuest.
Connected Coins and Medals
The Nebraska quarter features pioneers in a Conestoga wagon with Chimney Rock in the background. The Nebraska quarter isn't the first coin to highlight a natural wonder important to the state on the reverse of a coin. Take a look at some other coins that display important natural landmarks as the focus of their coin:
Oregon Quarter—Oregon's quarter shows us one of the natural wonders of the world: Crater Lake, in Oregon's only National Park.
Colorado quarter—The Colorado quarter shows a sweeping view of the State's rugged Rocky Mountains with evergreen trees. Colorado's Rocky Mountains are home to some of the Nation's most majestic natural wonders.
New Hampshire Quarter—The New Hampshire quarter shows what was the state's most famous natural rock formation, the Old Man of the Mountain until its collapse in 2003. On the coin, the old man is looking across at nine stars and the state's motto. The stars represent New Hampshire's place as the ninth state to join the union.
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
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