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

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

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

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

Engaging Ecosystems

Students will understand the diverse ecosystems found at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Students will work in teams to construct a three-dimensional model of an ecosystem.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Crafting Cause and Effect

Students will be able to describe the significance of George Rogers Clark's journey and capture of Fort Sackville. The students will explain cause and effect with regards to how Clark's victory paved the way for Lewis and Clark's journey west.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

The First Steps West

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the chronology of major events in George Rogers Clark's journey and how these events affected the outcome of the Revolutionary War and the expansion of the United States of America. Students will locate and evaluate potential sources of information, gather and synthesize information, and create a new product.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter