The United States Mint released the Idaho quarter on June 4, 2007. Idaho is the forty-third state to be honored as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.
Idah's quarter pictures a peregrine falcon next to the outline of the state. The peregrine falcon was the first animal protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1969. Today, its numbers have grown to the point where it has been taken off of the "endangered" list. The quarter also bears the stat's motto, "Esto Perpetua", meaning "May it be forever", as well as the inscriptions "Idaho" and "1890".
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the features of this coin and the excitement of the Idaho "State Quarter Day" into your classroom!
Learn more about the latest quarter.
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 Idaho quarter: My Happy Habitat (K–1), Poetry to My Ears (2–3), and Illustrated Beauty (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 Idaho quarter features the stat's raptor, the peregrine falcon. Check out these other coins that feature once-endangered species.
2005 California quarter—Learn about the images chosen to represent California on this quarter: John Muir, the Yosemite Valley, and a once-endangered California condor.
2005 American Bison Nickel—This nicke's design shows the American bison, which is native to the United States. Learn about how the once-vast herds were almost brought to the point of extinction—and back again!
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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