Lesson Plans

Effigy Mounds National Monument: Shapes and Symbols

Students will identify the 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument America the Beautiful Quarter reverse, correctly name its geometric shape, identify symbols within the design and recall experiences to create a new coin.
Grades: K, 1st
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

Matching Pairs

Students will match coins (of different denominations) to different amounts. This lesson is part of the Unit Plan “Creative Coin Combinations.”
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar

Oh, the Life of a Tree

Starting with the Great Basin National Park quarter, students will identify natural resources. Students will understand the life cycle of a tree.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Sounding Out the Symbols

Students will, while learning about symbols, sort words orally, understand that letters represent sounds, and note words that start with the same letter.
Grades: K, 1st
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

A Coin Out of Water

Students will identify, define and compare different types of water bodies.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

50 State Quarters Game

Using their knowledge of place value and number sense, students can play this counting game in small groups or as a whole class to see who will be the first person to reach 50 cents.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

How Many Pennies?

Students will estimate the number of pennies it takes to fill outlines of various basic shapes.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Cent

Presenting the Amazing Horse

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the horse to Native Americans. Students will identify ways the horse helped Native Americans.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Patterning in the Pacific

Students will identify, understand, and create simple patterns.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Math, Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter