A Brand New Day
When deciding on the design of Maine's new quarter reverse, Mainers were given the chance to vote on any of four different coin designs. Two of these coin designs featured the phrase "Our Nation's First Light." With your students, locate Maine on your classroom map. Where do they think the nation's last light would be seen? As a class, explore the idea of the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. This would also be a great opportunity to introduce your students to the concept of time zones and the International Date Line.
In addition to this fresh idea, don't forget to check out the lesson plans developed by the United States Mint to commemorate this special quarter. For grades K-1, visit Quarters From the Coast. For grades 2-3, give Follow the Lights a try. Or test Hardships on the Maine-land for grades 4-6. Also, don't forget to explore all the resources collected to help you celebrate the Maine quarter in your classroom right here on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site.
The project described above reflects some of the national standards of learning as defined by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), and the International Society for Technology in Education. These standards are listed below:
Earth and Space Science: After discussing some of the alternate suggestions for the Maine quarter design, students will explore phenomena related to the rotation of the Earth.