Lesson Plans

Adapting to Denali: Denali National Park and Preserve

Students will understand and describe different types of animal adaptations, including physical and behavioral adaptations. Students will identify adaptations of animals in a specific environment.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Cooking Up a Volcano: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Students will understand and describe how volcanoes are formed and how they function. Students will research basic features of volcanoes, specifically the volcanoes of Hawaii. Students will demonstrate an understanding of volcanoes through creative writing.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

And Now for the Weather Report

The students will research the climate and forecast the weather for all the national sites depicted on the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Math, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

It’s Classified

The teacher will introduce and discuss the system of classifying living things. Students will then research various flora and fauna found at our national sites and the student will classify them as a "taxonomist" using the seven steps of the classification system. Students will show their findings and results through a project of their choice.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Geothermal Greatness

The teacher will discuss the concepts of the water cycle and the layers of the Earth. The teacher will introduce the concept of geothermal features. Students will then research how geothermal features are formed and the differences between the two main types. Students will show their findings and results through a project of their choice.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Weather Alert!

Students will describe the effects that weather and climate have on humans. Students will describe various weather patterns and how they occur. Students will identify ways to prepare for different types of weather.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

The Coin and the Fable

Students will identify and apply the elements of fables, including the personification of animals, use of morals, and oral tradition.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Layer by Layer

Students will identify the process by which the Grand Canyon was formed and identify the different geological materials that comprise the various layers of the Grand Canyon.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter