Lesson Plans

Amazing Auroras

Starting with the Voyageurs National Park Quarter, students will explain how the Northern Lights are formed.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
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

Ozark National Scenic Riverways: Carved by Karst

Students will learn about karst topography and cave ecosystems and will explore the human and environmental factors that can have a long-lasting effect on them.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subject: Science
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

Mountain on the Rise

Starting with the White Mountain National Forest quarter, students will explain magma intrusion and how it affects the formation of mountain ranges, particularly Mt. Chocorua and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subjects: Social Studies, Science
Coin Type: Quarter

Critterpages: Denali National Park and Preserve

Students will identify the basic needs of organisms and classify organisms found in local ecosystems as producers or first-, second-, or third-order consumers. The students will identify ways organisms adapt to factors in an ecosystem. The students will identify ways human interaction can directly alter habitats.
Grades: 7th, 8th
Subject: Science
Coin Type: Quarter