On December 8, 1998, the first coin of the exciting new 50 State Quarters® Program was struck at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Released to banks in January 1999, the Delaware quarter design invited Americans to look at their coins in a new way!
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Delaware's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.
Learn more about the latest quarter and the famous ride 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
|Who is that man on the Delaware quarter? Delaware's own Caesar Rodney cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Independence in 1776. To learn about some other coins with ties to the Independence of our nation, read up on the Ben Franklin- Liberty Bell Half-Dollar and the 1976 Bicentennial Quarter, both former HPC Coins of the Month!|
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!