Lesson Plans

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

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

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

Touching Sky: Through Tradition and Words

Students will describe the role of Mohawk Ironworkers. Students will create poems to demonstrate perspective of the Mohawk Ironworkers.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Frederick Douglass National Historical Site: Champion a Cause

Students will describe the role of Frederick Douglass as an advocate for equality and justice for all people. Students will identify causes Frederick Douglass believed in. Students will define and discuss being involved in a cause and share causes they personally believe in. Students will write a presentation about a cause they believe in and advocate for their cause to the class.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subject: 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

Rebirth of the Longleaf Pine Forests

Students will explore the history of Longleaf pine forests. Students will investigate methods of conservation used in forest ecosystems.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science, Technology
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

Ancient Myths Retold

Students will be introduced to mythology and will create modern versions of ancient myths based on figures represented on modern U.S. coins. This lesson is part of the Unit Plan “Ancient and Modern Coins.”
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Language Arts
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar