Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan: Extra! Extra! Read All About the American Memorial Park and War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Students will play the role of a local news reporter and write an article about a national historical park or memorial and its significance to American history. Students will also learn what a memorial and historical park is, discover the difference between living and non-living memorials, and design their own park or memorial.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

Discovering Native American Contributions to the U.S. Space Program

Students will learn about the lives of Native Americans who have made significant impacts to the U.S. Space Program and other STEM fields, including Mary Golda Ross and John Herrington. Students will make predictions about coin elements, research Native American historical figures, and create a biography and/or social media profile to represent their accomplishments.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Technology and Labor Reform: The Role of Lowell in the Industrial Revolution

Using the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarter about Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts, students will learn about the history of the Lowell textile mills and explore their significance to the Industrial Revolution.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter

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

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