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

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

Let’s Go Birding!: Everglades National Park

Students will identify and categorize bird species. Students will practice observation, note-taking and map skills.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

The Nature of Negotiation

Students will make distinctions among animal classes and families and predict needs based on these traits. Students will improve negotiation and cooperation skills.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Dollar

Survival on Mt. Chocorua

Starting with the White Mountain National Forest quarter, students will identify key features of an ecosystem. Students will demonstrate the use of problem-solving skills.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Adapting to Denali: Denali National Park and Preserve

Students will understand and describe different types of animal adaptations, including physical and behavioral adaptations. Students will identify adaptations of animals in a specific environment.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Cooking Up a Volcano: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Students will understand and describe how volcanoes are formed and how they function. Students will research basic features of volcanoes, specifically the volcanoes of Hawaii. Students will demonstrate an understanding of volcanoes through creative writing.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Subjects: Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter