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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Image shows the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 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 Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter is the first of 2014 and the 21st overall in the program.

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter Day into your classroom.

Great Smoky Mountains National 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.  The lesson plans are FREE to download and designed specifically for grades K through 12.  

Be sure to check out the lesson plans relating to the Tennessee state quarter released in 2002. Use the consolidated search feature to find these plans and more.

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 Tennessee quarter.

In 2002, the United States Mint released the Tennessee quarter as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  The Tennessee quarter is all about music. It has three stars that stand for the state's three areas and three musical instruments for the state's three most popular kinds of music.  

A fiddle stands for the bluegrass music of the mountains of east Tennessee. A guitar stands for the country music of central Tennessee, where Nashville is. A trumpet stands for the blues of west Tennessee and the city of Memphis. 

To learn more, visit Tennessee's quarter page, the February 2002 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 all of the new educational resources available from the United States Mint.