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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
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In a ceremony on June 10, 2004, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the newest state quarter.  The ceremony, held at the Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas, marked the release of the twenty-eighth state 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 Texas' "State Quarter Day" into your classroom!

Texas Quarter Reverse

Texas Quarter

Learn more about the new quarter and why Texas is called the "Lone Star State".

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 ready for you to use in your classroom!  Take a look at the lessons created specifically to celebrate the Texas quarter:  Simple Symbols (K–1), Making Order Out of Borders (2–3), and Making Cents of Independence (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.

Now for grades K-12!

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

Texas is Terrific!

Not only is Texas' quarter the newest coin to be released into circulation, but it was also the Coin of the Month for June 2004!  See why Texas' special design, and check out the new Teacher Feature, "Lone Star Lesson Plans".  In this teacher feature, you'll find a collection of H.I.P. Pocket Change's educational resources related to the Texas quarter!

Peter the Mint Eagle using the computer

"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 Texas quarter design isn't the only one that features a state's nickname!  Check out the other states that have included state nicknames on their quarter designs:

1999 Delaware Quarter Delaware Quarter 2001 Rhode Island Quarter Rhode Island Quarter
2000 Massachusetts Quarter Massachusetts Quarter 2002 Mississippi Quarter Mississippi Quarter
2000 Maryland Quarter Maryland Quarter 2004 Michigan Quarter Michigan Quarter
2000 South Carolina Quarter South Carolina Quarter

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 Texas' quarter back together—in three minutes or less!

Cents of Color

Are your students budding artists?  Let them try their hands at painting the Texas quarter.  A purple ocean and orange land?  Let your students' imaginations 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!