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

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

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

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

Building America

Students will describe the Empire State Building and how Native Americans contributed to its construction. Students will research iconic American buildings and present their learning in a creative way.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Frederick Douglass National Historical Site: A Notable Narrative

Students will learn to read and create a timeline and will correctly identify the sequence of events. Students will learn how Frederick Douglass fought for equality and justice for all people.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

A Homegrown Budget

Students will describe the life of a Western homestead settler in the 1800s. Students will use addition and subtraction to calculate a budget.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Math, Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Comparing past and present and showing hospitality.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Mountain Museum: Shenandoah National Park

Students will examine, identify and describe Shenandoah National Park's geographical features, plants, animals and visitor activities. Students will use various media to create an original art piece.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter