On March 8, 1999, the United States Mint announced that the first shipment of Pennsylvania quarters were on their way to the Federal Reserve and eventually into the pockets of citizens around the country! This announcement made the "Keystone State" only the second state to be commemorated in the fascinating 50 State Quarters® Program.
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Pennsylvania's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.
Learn more about the latest quarter and the important symbols 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!
Pennsylvania and the United States Mint
The United States' very first official Mint was established in Philadelphia, PA in 1792. Visit the United States Mint Web site to learn some of the history of this important Mint and then return to H.I.P. Pocket Change to see how you can schedule a special tour for your students!
Connected Coins and Medals
All 13 colonies were represented in Philadelphia at the signing of the Declaration 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!
Only a few years later our country's leaders returned to Philadelphia to draft and sign our most important laws in the U.S. Constitution. Read all about the Constitutional Bicentennial Commemorative Silver Dollar that celebrates this important September day in 1787.
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!