Lesson Plans

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

The Gap Map

Students will compare and contrast the groups who used the Cumberland Gap and their reasons for using the gap. Students will analyze maps and create a map showing landforms, routes and areas. Students will identify and describe the components of a topographic/contour map.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

What Relief?

Students will analyze and illustrate the development of sandstone formations over time. Students will create relief maps that show the development of the formations. Students will analyze the differences in the geographical formation of northern and southern Illinois.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

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

Harpers Ferry History

Students will be able to describe the significance of John Brown's Fort using primary and secondary sources. The students will explain the importance of using multiple primary sources.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter