Lesson Plans

Find Your Way on the Parkway

Students will research different types of maps and create a 3-D map to scale of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Students will solve proportion problems to find scale.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Math, Art
Coin Type: Quarter

Ancient Story Problems

Students will research ancient civilizations and develop story problems using symbols and coins from those times. Students will then retell these story problems using modern terms and coins. This lesson is part of the Unit Plan “Ancient and Modern Coins.”
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Math
Coin Types: Cent, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, Dollar

Hiking Proportions: Shenandoah National Park

Students will compute unit rates and solve word problems associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths. Students will analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-worldmathematical problems. Students will develop and produce creative or informational media messages using technology as a tool toresearch, organize, evaluate and communicate information.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Math, Language Arts, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter

A Delicate Arch: Arches National Park

Students will solve problems involving the circumference of a circle. Students will solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures. Students will use research methods and create models to investigate practical problems and questions.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Great Bristlecone!

Starting with the Great Basin National Park quarter, students will investigate and understand how an organism interacts with its environment.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

11 Lesson Plan Starters

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Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter

13 Lesson Plan Starters

See individual starters.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter

The Statistics of Coins

Students will use skills of observation, recording, and calculation to provide an overview of years of cents (pennies) in circulation in the local area.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Cent

Franklin’s Fortune

Students will learn that fifty cents in the past could buy much more than it can today. They will construct graphs showing how the buying power of fifty cents has changed over time. They will also graph how the price of a product has changed over time. Students will also write percentage increase rate problems.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subject: Math
Coin Type: Half Dollar