Lesson Plans

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

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

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

Scenes from a Salt Marsh

Students will describe characteristics of a salt marsh and identify plants and animals typical of this environment. Students will synthesize and apply knowledge of a salt marsh.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Language Arts, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

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

Let’s Build an Arch: Arches National Park

Students will understand how patterns of erosion affect the landscape. Students will describe the erosion processes that create specific geological features.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Let’s Talk Turkey

Students will identify nonfiction text features in a variety of materials. Students will use nonfiction text features in their own nonfiction writing piece.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Dollar

Tree Detectives

Starting with the Great Basin National Park quarter, students will understand the life cycle of the Bristlecone Pine tree. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the graphic novel writing process.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Land of the Midnight Sun: Denali National Park and Preserve

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the sun and how hours of daylightchange depending on the Earth's location and season. Students will describe the effects of these variations.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Safety First!

After researching several national sites (such as parks, forests, seashores, and battlefields), students will learn about important safety precautions for outdoor activities. Students will work in small groups to create a series of safety tips for visiting national sites or other outdoor locations. These tips will be in the form of posters and will be assembled into a multimedia presentation used to teach others about outdoor safety.
Grades: 2nd, 3rd
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter