On October 7, 1999, the United States Mint welcomed the Connecticut state quarter into existence. The ceremony, held at the United States Mint in Philadelphia, marked the release of the fifth and final state's quarter to be celebrated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program in 1999.
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Connecticut's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.
Learn more about the latest quarter and the important symbol that inspired it.
50 State Quarters Program
Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!
50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans
The 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans are now available on the H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site for use in your classroom! Check out these exciting plans that are FREE to download, and are available in sets designed specifically for grades K–1, 2–3, and 4–6.
State Quarter Day Classroom Activities
Here are some fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of the newest quarter in circulation!
Connected Coins and Medals
Before the United States Mint came into existence (also before our country was even independent from England), colonists had a great need for coins that they could use in order to make purchases. Connecticut's own Dr. Samuel Higley created a special of coin, called the Higley Copper, that helped solve this very difficult dilemma. While reading about this early coin, also take time to read through the Teacher Feature, "Breaking Even?" to see if it's an idea you could use with your students.
Our Foreign Friends
|The coins produced for the 50 State Quarters Program share much in common with the European currency, the euro. With your students, visit the interactive cartoon, Coins of the World, to see how these two programs are similar (here's a hint: look at the backs of euros from different countries, and then look at their fronts).|
A Coinage Cartoon
Teachers, if we've piqued your interest with the activities above, please sign up for the Teachers' Network. As a member, you can receive information about all of the new educational resources that become available from the United States Mint!