Lesson Plans

Sunny Symbols

Students will understand the meaning of the Zia Sun symbol on the quarter. Students will investigate and understand the relationships among the Earth, Moon, and Sun, with particular emphasis on the Sun. Students will understand the motions of the Sun; the effects of the Sun on the Earth and the Moon; the relative size, position, age, and makeup of the Sun; and historical contributions in understanding the Sun and our Solar System.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Oh, the Regions!

Students will locate and describe the location of the geographic regions of North America. Students will identify and compare the geography, climate, water features, flora, and fauna of the different regions.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Food Web

Students will identify producers and consumers including scavengers and decomposers and the role they play in the food web.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Illustrated Beauty

Students will identify information about the peregrine falcon. Students will understand and apply the basic tools of research to collect, interpret, and present the information.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Salmon Stories

Students will understand author's purpose. Students will understand sequence of events. Students will understand audience and the writing process.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Neither Wind Nor Rain

Students will understand the effects of wind and water on landforms in the Badlands and elsewhere.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Colorful Colorado

Students will explain the relationship between wavelength and the color of light. Students will identify the colors of the visible spectrum. Students will analyze the effect of a prism on white light and describe why this occurs.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Math, Social Studies, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Amazing Metals

Students will participate in a guided investigation of metals, their properties, and their uses.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Many Happy Returns

Students will make connections between the past and the present and compare the Journey of Lewis and Clark with the space flight of Apollo 11. Students will be able to sequence events in history using a timeline. Students will be able to use the writing process to write a persuasive essay.
Grade: 4th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Nickel

Bridging the Gap

Students will explore the role that bridges play in our society. They will conduct an investigation to examine the various shapes and functions of bridges. They will determine which type of bridge would best suit a given scenario, and will give evidence to support this decision.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter