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

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

Light the Way!

Students will learn about the lighthouse at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Students will create a three-dimensional model of a lighthouse.
Grades: K, 1st
Subjects: Social Studies, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Pictured Rocks Podcast

Using the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter, students will research and evaluate the lives of lighthouse keepers and create a new media product.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter