Lesson Plans

Beyond Louisiana

Students will understand the challenges that faced the United States as a new nation, especially those related to exploration, expansion, and international affairs. Students will understand the chronology of events related to the expedition of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Students will understand that events often have multiple, interrelated causes. Students will organize information using concept maps.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Nickel

Exploration Across Eras

Students will understand the chronology of events related to the Corps of Discovery and the United States space program of the 1960s. Students will compare the Corps of Discovery's journey with the space exploration program, including the impact of individuals, technology, presidential leadership, and the influence of international affairs. Students will conduct research using the Internet and other sources. Students will compose a persuasive essay, including a thesis statement and a bibliography. Students will participate in the writing process, including taking notes, outlining, composing first and final drafts, and peer editing.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Nickel

A World of Money

Students will identify, recognize, and appreciate continuing global traditions related to the creation of national currencies. They will evaluate and analyze the role currency plays in shaping a national or regional identity. They will discuss and predict how regional, cultural,and national identity influences the designers of world currency.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Credit as Currency

Students will explain the use and principles of currency as it relates to the establishment and continuation of credit and banking systems.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

The Laws of the Land

Students will gain a greater understanding of the concept of Federalism. They will identify the difference between state and national laws and critically reflect on state and national powers.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

Starting a Revolution

Students will examine American currency to identify factors that contributed to the Industrial Revolution. They will explore the history of Slater Mill and will examine arguments for and against placing this historical landmark on a coin design.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

The Growth of a Nation

Students will identify and explain the variables that shaped the identity of states in the union prior to 1812. They will also explain how the individual identity of the states contributed to the success the young nation.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

The Change Of A River

Students will describe the changes that have affected the Missouri River over the past 200 years by identifying transformations in this area's atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology
Coin Type: Nickel