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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Image shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial 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 Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter is the fifth of 2013 and the 20th overall in the program.

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter Day into your classroom.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 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 South Dakota state quarter released in 2006 by visiting the 2006 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 South Dakota quarter.

In 2006, the United States Mint released the South Dakota quarter as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  The South Dakota quarter features an image of the state bird, a Chinese ring-necked pheasant.  This colorful bird was brought to South Dakota in 1898.  Wheat, a major crop in South Dakota, decorates the sides of the design.

In the center of the design is Mount Rushmore, where the busts of four American Presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln) are sculpted. 

To learn more, visit South Dakota's quarter page and the November 2006 Coin of the Month featuring the South Dakota quarter.

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.