Lesson Plans

The Gap Map

Students will compare and contrast the groups who used the Cumberland Gap and their reasons for using the gap. Students will analyze maps and create a map showing landforms, routes and areas. Students will identify and describe the components of a topographic/contour map.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

What Relief?

Students will analyze and illustrate the development of sandstone formations over time. Students will create relief maps that show the development of the formations. Students will analyze the differences in the geographical formation of northern and southern Illinois.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

A Special Place

Students will explore how personal experiences can lead to conservation efforts. Students will demonstrate their understanding by creating a digital presentation proposing the conservation of a special place.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Harpers Ferry History

Students will be able to describe the significance of John Brown's Fort using primary and secondary sources. The students will explain the importance of using multiple primary sources.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

I See a Great Blue Heron!

Students will gather and categorize information about the animal and plant species found in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Students will create an illustrated scavenger hunt of living things to observe for visitors in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Conserving the World Around Us: Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy

Students will describe the role of Theodore Roosevelt in the creation of the National Park System. Students will define and discuss conservation. Students will write a proposal to promote conservation of an area of their town or state using scientific information.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Code Talkers – Primary Sources

Students will be able to describe the significance of Native American Code Talkers by identifying and evaluating primary and secondary sources.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Symbolism in a Coin: Native American Code Talkers

Students will identify the 2016 Native American $1 Coin reverse, correctly name its geometric shape, identify symbols and recall experiences to create a coin.
Grades: K, 1st
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar