Washington — The United States Mint is pleased to announce the availability of its free, downloadable lesson plans for 2004, featuring the Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa and Wisconsin 50 State Quarters Program commemorative quarter–dollar coins.
The lesson plans — available from the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site www.usmint.gov/kids — were originally designed for students K–6. Because of their success, the lesson plans were expanded to appeal to students in grades 7–12, including the use of “WebQuests,” which require students to use the Internet to research answers to questions.
The lesson plans focus on mathematics, geography, history, language, art, science, financial literacy, and more.
“Coins serve as a terrific way to help students learn about our states and our Nation,” said United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore. “These well–written lesson plans help make learning fun in the classroom, while students gain important academic skills.”
Created and reviewed by teachers to meet curricular goals, the plans draw upon the specific designs of the commemorative quarter reverses to help inspire students to learn about the culture, geography and unique heritage of our states. Each set of lesson plans blends clear instructions with student–friendly, reproducible worksheets, background information, and answer keys to help make instruction easier for educators.
The lesson plans have been used by thousands of teachers across the country, with over 1.5 million lesson plans downloaded from the Web site. For more information, educational resources, games and previous year’s lesson plans, please visit www.usmint.gov/kids.