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Mapping Buildings of the Past

Overview

Students will use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter to understand historical research and demonstrate mapping skills.  

Activity

Display the Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarter coloring page to show details of the coin image.  Tell the students that the quarter's design features a historic log cabin found within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  In the background, a hawk soars above the park's lush green forest. 

Display the February Coin of the Month and read it as a class. 

Using available online and classroom resources, have the students learn more about Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The students should research historic buildings, recreation activities, trails, wildlife and plants.  Discuss the research findings as a class and record them on chart paper. 

Have the class use their research findings to create a map of the historic buildings found in the park.  They should also include trails, wildlife and plants on their map. 

Have the students write summary statements based on their research and class discussions.  Display the maps in the classroom. 

As an extension, use the map as a starting point for additional research about one of the historic buildings found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Make a Connection

Be sure to use all the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program lesson plans to explore the rich history of the states and of other national sites with your students.  There are more than 65 of these free downloadable lesson plans available for grades K through 12. 


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