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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
Montana Outline

In a ceremony on January 29, 2007, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the Montana quarter.  The ceremony marked the release of the quarter for the forty-first state to be commemorated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.

Montana's coin features a bison skull above the diverse Montana landscape with the inscription "Big Sky Country."  The coin also bears the inscriptions "Montana" and "1889."

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the features of this coin and the excitement of the Montana "State Quarter Day" into your classroom!


Montana Quarter Reverse

Montana Quarter

Learn more about the latest quarter.


50 State Quarters Program

50 State Quarters Program

Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!


50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans

FREE Lesson Plans!

The 2007 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans are ready for you to use in your classroom!  Take a look at the lessons created specifically to celebrate the Montana quarter:  Big Sky (K–1), Can You Adapt? (2–3), and Food Web (4–6)!  After that, be sure to check out the rest of the state-specific plans, FREE to download in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, and 4 through 6.

Now for grades K-12!

Are you a secondary school teacher interested in introducing the 50 State Quarters Program into your curriculum?  Well, now you can!  Our 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans for grades 7 through 12 are also written by educators.  To download these FREE plans, visit the 50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans today!


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!

Also, take a trip to Coin Collector's Workshop!  Here, you can enroll in Inspector Collector's Coin Course, or solve coin mysteries in Get a Clue About Collecting.  You can even learn How To Share Your Hobby!


Peter the Mint Eagle using the computer

"Seeing the States" WebQuest

What's so great about the United States?  Let your students find out for themselves as they explore the coins in the 50 State Quarters Program to complete this fun Internet research project, the "Seeing the States" WebQuest.


Connected Coins and Medals

The Montana quarter pays special attention to a bison skull; take a look at a coin that features a steer's head.

Image of 1935 Old Spanish Trail commemorative half dollar.

This coin honors the 400th anniversary of the overland trek known as the Cabeza de Vaca Expedition from Florida to Texas in 1535. The front shows a steer's head.   Why not the explorer's portrait?   There was no portrait of him to copy, and his name, Cabeza de Vaca, means "cow's head" in Spanish.


Image shows the Wisconsin quarter reverse featuring a cow's head, a piece of cheese and an ear of corn, all representative of a farming theme.

This quarter, 30th in the series, also features an animal head.  Cattle have long been important to Wisconsin.  They provide not only beef but dairy products like milk and cheese and add to the beauty of the landscape as they graze.


Our Foreign Friends

Quarter Obverse 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). 1 Euro Obverse

Quarter Games

Quarter Explorer

Your students can test their knowledge of United States geography and the 50 State Quarters Program, all while helping Bill the Mint Buffalo earn enough money to plan a cross-country trip.

Puzzle Mint

Here's a challenge for your students!  Put all the pieces of the Montana quarter back together—in three minutes or less!

Cents of Color

Are your students budding artists?  Let them try their hands at painting the Montana quarter.  Let their color imaginations run wild!

Mark My Words

Here's a word search all about quarters and other coins.  Can your students find all the words on each list?


Birth of a Coin

A Coinage Cartoon

Do you want to show your students how quarters and other coins are made?  Check out the Birth of a Coin cartoon, which tells you all about it!

Teachers' Network

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!


The Department of the Treasury Seal