Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan: Extra! Extra! Read All About the American Memorial Park and War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Students will play the role of a local news reporter and write an article about a national historical park or memorial and its significance to American history. Students will also learn what a memorial and historical park is, discover the difference between living and non-living memorials, and design their own park or memorial.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

Discovering Native American Contributions to the U.S. Space Program

Students will learn about the lives of Native Americans who have made significant impacts to the U.S. Space Program and other STEM fields, including Mary Golda Ross and John Herrington. Students will make predictions about coin elements, research Native American historical figures, and create a biography and/or social media profile to represent their accomplishments.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Technology and Labor Reform: The Role of Lowell in the Industrial Revolution

Using the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarter about Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts, students will learn about the history of the Lowell textile mills and explore their significance to the Industrial Revolution.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter

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

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