In a ceremony on January 14, 2002, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the newest state quarter, at a ceremony in Nashville, TN. The ceremony, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame, marked the release of the sixteenth state's quarter to be celebrated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program, and the very first quarter released in 2002!
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Tennessee's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.
Learn more about the latest quarter and the "Bluegrass" state 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 ready for you to use in your classroom! Take a look at the lessons created specifically to celebrate the Tennessee quarter: Sing a Song of Coinage (K–1), Musical Change (2–3), and Sing For Your State (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.
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!
The Music Behind the Coin
Want to learn more about the beautiful music that Tennessee is known for? Take a look at February 2002's Coin of the Month and then try out the accompanying Teacher Feature, Listen Closely. Your students are sure to sing our praises!
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!