Lesson Plans

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

Built by Glaciers

Starting with the Block Island National Wildlife Preserve Quarter, students will learn how glaciers create landforms and demonstrate their knowledge in a hands-on way by making a video.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Contact Without Impact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Students will evaluate how different modes of travel impact the environment. Students will propose persuasive solutions to reduce carbon footprints.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter

Peace in Word and Deed

Starting with the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial quarter, students will explore how events lead to establishing memorials and demonstrate their understanding by creating a persuasive argument.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

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

A Challenge of Friction: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Students will investigate and make predictions about friction and surface design. Students will develop persuasive communication skills.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Relevance in Stone

Starting with the Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter, students will analyze how the accomplishments of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt led to their inclusion on Mount Rushmore and relate to contemporary issues.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

Going for the Gold

Starting with the 2018 Native American $1 Coin, students will learn about the lives of Jim Thorpe and Jesse Owens. Students will pick an athlete they think should be on a coin and create a coin design representing their athlete.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Art
Coin Type: Dollar