Lesson Plans

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

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

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

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

I See a Great Blue Heron!

Students will gather and categorize information about the animal and plant species found in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Students will create an illustrated scavenger hunt of living things to observe for visitors in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Conserving the World Around Us: Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy

Students will describe the role of Theodore Roosevelt in the creation of the National Park System. Students will define and discuss conservation. Students will write a proposal to promote conservation of an area of their town or state using scientific information.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Ozark National Scenic Riverways: Carved by Karst

Students will learn about karst topography and cave ecosystems and will explore the human and environmental factors that can have a long-lasting effect on them.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter