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

Wild About Photography

Starting with the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter, students will learn and demonstrate different techniques for photographing wildlife. Students will identify foreground and background in a composition.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subject: Art
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

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

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

The Message in Myths

Students will learn about Cherokee myths and compare and contrast verbal and written communication methods.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Dollar

What’s in a Cave?

Students will describe the geological formations of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Students will describe the characteristics of a cave ecosystem and create a model representing a cave. Students will compare caves located in different environments.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Code Talkers Recognition Act

Students will research and draw conclusions about specific time periods. Students will understand and sequence events and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Code Talkers in American history.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology, Art
Coin Type: Medal