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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
South Carolina Outline

On May 26, 2000, the United States Mint celebrated the birth of the South Carolina quarter at a ceremony in Columbia, SC.  The ceremony, held at Dutch Fork Elementary School, marked the release of the eighth 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 South Carolina's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.


South Carolina Quarter Reverse

South Carolina Quarter

Learn more about the latest quarter and the important symbols 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

South Carolina was home to the first battle of the Civil War, which took place at Ft. Sumter, off the coast of Charleston, SC.  Learn why shopkeepers were forced to use Civil War Tokens rather than real currency during this difficult period in our past.

Civil War Token Obverse

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 South 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 South Carolina quarter.  Paint the Carolina Wren blue and the Palmetto Tree red...let your imagination run wild!

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!