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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
Massachusetts Outline

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.

Massachusetts Quarter Reverse

Massachusetts Quarter

Learn more about the latest quarter and the history 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

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.

Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative Coin Obverse

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.

1652 Pine Tree Shilling 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 Massachusetts' quarter back together—in three minutes or less!

Cents of Color

Are your students budding artists?  Let them try their hands at painting the Massachusetts quarter.  A green minuteman holding an orange rifle...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!