America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
In 2010, the United States Mint began issuing 56 quarters featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter is the fourth of 2013 and the 19th overall in the program.
You will find several activities and links below that will bring the excitement of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter Day into your classroom.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 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. The lesson plans 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 the lesson plans relating to the Maryland quarter released in 2000 by visiting the 2000 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.
In 2000, the United States Mint released the Maryland quarter as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program. The Maryland quarter shows the state house dome, located in Annapolis, the capital. The dome is surrounded by branches of leaves from the state tree (White Oak) and an inscription of the state's nickname, "The Old Line State." Some people believe General George Washington gave the state this nickname as a way to honor the Maryland line troops, who served in many Revolutionary War battles
To learn more, visit Maryland's quarter page.
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 all of the new educational resources available from the United States Mint.