Lesson Plans

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

Coining a Champion

Starting with the 2018 Native American $1 Coin, students will learn about the lives of athletes Jim Thorpe and Jesse Owens. Students will pick an athlete they think should be on a coin and present a persuasive argument about why their athlete should be honored.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Pictured Rocks Podcast

Using the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter, students will research and evaluate the lives of lighthouse keepers and create a new media product.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

The First Steps West

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the chronology of major events in George Rogers Clark's journey and how these events affected the outcome of the Revolutionary War and the expansion of the United States of America. Students will locate and evaluate potential sources of information, gather and synthesize information, and create a new product.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology
Coin Type: Quarter

The Gap Map

Students will compare and contrast the groups who used the Cumberland Gap and their reasons for using the gap. Students will analyze maps and create a map showing landforms, routes and areas. Students will identify and describe the components of a topographic/contour map.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Quarter

What Relief?

Students will analyze and illustrate the development of sandstone formations over time. Students will create relief maps that show the development of the formations. Students will analyze the differences in the geographical formation of northern and southern Illinois.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Code Talkers – Primary Sources

Students will be able to describe the significance of Native American Code Talkers by identifying and evaluating primary and secondary sources.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

Sequoyah’s Diary

Students will research the life of Sequoyah and create a diary detailing his accomplishments and the creation of the Cherokee syllabary.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts
Coin Type: Dollar

I Am Steel

Students will analyze the movement of Americans and the Mohawk ironworkers from rural to urban areas for job opportunities. Students will write a script and present a monologue from the perspective of the Kahnawake Mohawk and Mohawk Akwesasne ironworker on the construction site.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology, Drama
Coin Type: Dollar

Code Talkers Recognition Act

Students will research and draw conclusions about specific time periods. Students will understand and sequence events and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Code Talkers in American history.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology, Art
Coin Type: Medal