Native American $1 Coin Lesson Plans

2017 native american $1 coin obverse and reverseThe Native American $1 Coin Program brings the history of Native Americans to life. Slated to last at least as long as the 10-year Presidential $1 Coin Program, a series of designs will be released, one each year, depicting Native American people and events that helped to shape the United States. The order of the designs will be as close as possible to the order in which the events happened.

The number of $1 coins made every year (including both Presidential and Native American) will be based on the nation’s needs for this coin. Of the total number of $1 coins produced every year, at least 20 percent will be the Native American design for that year.

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Lesson Plans

Year coin issued: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

2017

The 2017 Native American $1 Coin commemorates Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary.

Grades K and 1

How Great to Communicate

Grades 2 and 3

The Message in Myths

Grades 4 through 6

Communicating Change

Grades 7 and 8

Sequoyah’s Diary

2016

The 2016 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the contributions of the Native American Code Talkers in World War I and World War II.

Grades K and 1

Symbolism in a Coin: Native American Code Talkers

Grades 2 and 3

Vital Communication: Native American Code Talkers

Grades 4 through 6

The Numbers: Native American Code Talkers

Grades 6 through 8

Code Talkers – Primary Sources

2015

The 2015 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the contributions of the Kahnawake Mohawk and Mohawk Akwesasne communities to “high iron” construction work and the building of New York City skyscrapers.

Grades K and 1

Courageous Builders

Grades 2 and 3

Building America

Grades 4 through 6

Touching Sky: Through Tradition and Words

Grades 7 and 8

I Am Steel

2014

The 2014 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Native American hospitality that ensured the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Grades K and 1

Helping Hands

Grades 2 and 3

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Grades 4 through 6

Encountering Hospitality

Grades 7 and 8

Lights! Camera! Hospitality!

2013

The 2013 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Treaty with the Delawares of 1778.

Grades K and 1

Turtles are Terrific!

Grades 2 and 3

Let’s Talk Turkey

Grades 4 through 6

The Nature of Negotiation

Grades 7 and 8

Negotiating Nations

2012

The 2012 Native American $1 Coin commemorates trade routes in the 17th Century.

Grades K and 1

Presenting the Amazing Horse

Grades 2 and 3

A Horse’s Journey

Grades 4 through 6

Because of the Horse

Grades 7 and 8

What Price for the Horse?

2011

The 2011 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Wampanoag Treaty of 1621.

Grades K and 1

Let’s Try for a Treaty

Grades 2 and 3

Treaty Partners

Grades 4 through 6

Making Treaties

Grades 7 and 8

Perspective Points

2010

The 2010 Native American $1 Coin commemorates government and the Great Tree of Peace.

Grades K and 1

The Lovely Long E

Grades 2 and 3

Our Own Tree of Peace

Grades 4 through 6

Symbols of Peace

Grades 7 and 8

Roots of American Diplomacy

2009

The 2009 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the Three Sisters of Agriculture.

Grades K and 1

How Does a Garden Grow?

Grades 2 and 3

Three Sisters Sprouts

Grades 4 through 6

Can You Picture This?

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