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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom

Denali National Park and Preserve

Image shows the Denali National Park and Preserve quarter.

In 2010, the United States Mint began to issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program.  The Denali National Park and Preserve quarter is the fifth of 2012 and the fifteenth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Teachers, below you will find lesson plans and classroom activities that will bring the excitement of Denali National Park and Preserve Quarter Day into your classroom.

Denali National Park and Preserve Quarter

Learn more about the quarter that honors this national site.

America the Beautiful Quarters Program

Find out more about this program that honors a national site in every state, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

America the Beautiful Quarters Program Lesson Plans

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program lesson plans are available for you to use in your classroom.  The lesson plans are FREE to download and are designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, 4 through 6, 7 and 8, and 9 through 12. 

Be sure to also check out the lesson plans relating to the Maine quarter released in 2003 by visiting the 50 State Quarters® lesson plans page.

America the Beautiful Quarters Day Classroom Activities

With this link, you will find fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of each new quarter.

Connected Coins

Image shows the 2008 Alaska quarter.

In 2008, the United States Mint released the Alaska quarter as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  The design on the reverse of Alaska's quarter features a brown bear catching a salmon in a river.  A single star stands for the North Star.  The phrase "The Great Land" is a translation of the Aleutian word "Alyeska" from which the state gets its name.  To learn more, visit Alaska's quarter page and the September 2008 Coin of the Month.

Teachers' Network

Teachers, if the activities above have piqued your interest, be sure to join the United States Mint's Teachers' Network  As a member, you will receive information about new educational resources as they become available from the United States Mint.