Lesson Plans

Land, Sea, and History

Starting with the Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarter, students will learn about Cumberland Island and how it has changed over time.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Social Studies
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

First Stop: The American Dream

Students will research different jobs associated with Ellis Island and complete a project demonstrating their knowledge of these jobs. The students will understand the jobs' importance and how these jobs facilitated immigration to the United States.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Type: Quarter

Communicating Change

Students will describe the impact the Sequoyah's Syllabary had on the Cherokee people. Students will apply the concept of change to another important invention in the realm of communication.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

The Battle of Sullivan’s Island

The students will describe the role of William Jasper as a participant in the Battle of Sullivan's Island. The students will create a map of the Battle of Sullivan's Island using coordinate graphing.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Math, Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

Who’s Who

Students will identify influential individuals and groups of people who participated in the Battles of Saratoga and understand their involvement with the battles. Students will describe how natural resources in Saratoga, New York, affected the Battles of Saratoga.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Encountering Hospitality

Examining interactions between Lewis and Clark and Native Americans.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology, Art
Coin Type: Dollar

All Coins Lead to Rome?

Students will compare and contrast modern U.S. coins with those of ancient times by looking at various coins on hand and through research in coin books in the classroom. This lesson is part of the Unit Plan “Ancient and Modern Coins.”
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Symbols on Coins: U.S. Coins Evolved from Ancient Times

Students will learn about the evolution of coins, and will create their own coin, using the various features that have been carried over into modern times. This lesson is part of the Unit Plan “Ancient and Modern Coins.”
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Social Studies
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

More than Sand Dunes: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Students will demonstrate descriptive and persuasive writing skills. Students will better understand park topography by constructing a three-dimensional model.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art
Coin Type: Quarter