America the Beautiful Quarters® Day in the Classroom
Gettysburg National Military Park
Beginning in 2010, the United States Mint will 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 Gettysburg National Military Park quarter was the first of 2011 and the sixth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of the Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter Day into your classroom.
Gettysburg National Military Park 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 now available for you to use in your classroom! Check out these exciting plans, which are FREE to download and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, 4 through 6, 7 and 8, and 9 through 12. Also be sure to check out our plans relating to the Pennsylvania quarter released in 1999 by visiting our 50 State Quarters® lesson plans!
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!
During the Civil War, Pennsylvania earned its nickname as the "Keystone State." Its location was seen as a "key" or critical stone in the colonies' wall against attack from the South. The Battle of Gettysburg, a critical turning point in the war, took place in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit Pennsylvania’s State Quarter Day Page.
Every 25 years after the battle, the federal government and the state of Pennsylvania held a "Blue and Gray Reunion" for the soldiers who survived the Battle of Gettysburg. July of 1938 was the 75th anniversary of the battle, and last of these events. The Gettysburg half dollar commemorates the reunion, with "Blue and Gray Reunion" written on the front of the coin. Visit the July 2006 Coin of the Month page to learn more.
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