Lesson Plans

Making My Coin

Students will pick a person or place they would like to see featured on a United States coin and create a coin design representing their chosen subject.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar, Medal

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

Coining a Champion

Starting with the 2018 Native American $1 Coin, students will learn about the lives of athletes Jim Thorpe and Jesse Owens. Students will pick an athlete they think should be on a coin and present a persuasive argument about why their athlete should be honored.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

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

Wild About Photography

Starting with the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter, students will learn and demonstrate different techniques for photographing wildlife. Students will identify foreground and background in a composition.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Land, Sea, and History

Starting with the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter, students will learn about Cumberland Island and how it has changed over time.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

Let’s Explore the Seashore

Starting with the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter, students will identify animals living on Cumberland Island. Students will use reading skills and write a friendly letter to display and deepen their understanding.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Amazing Auroras

Starting with the Voyageurs National Park Quarter, students will explain how the Northern Lights are formed.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Let’s Save the Loons!

Students will learn about the bird featured on the Voyageurs National Park Quarter: the loon. Students will illustrate ways park visitors can help protect the loon.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Life of a Lighthouse Keeper

The teacher will introduce the concept of lighthouses and the lighthouse keepers who helped guide ships to safety. Students will research how lighthouse keepers lived and learn about their daily tasks. Students will compare the life of a lighthouse keeper with their own life and share findings through a project of their choice.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter