In a ceremony on June 10, 2004, the United States Mint celebrated the release of the newest state quarter. The ceremony, held at the Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas, marked the release of the twenty-eighth state to be celebrated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Texas' "State Quarter Day" into your classroom!
Learn more about the new quarter and why Texas is called the "Lone Star State".
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 Texas quarter: Simple Symbols (K–1), Making Order Out of Borders (2–3), and Making Cents of Independence (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.
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!
Texas is Terrific!
Not only is Texas' quarter the newest coin to be released into circulation, but it was also the Coin of the Month for June 2004! See why Texas' special design, and check out the new Teacher Feature, "Lone Star Lesson Plans". In this teacher feature, you'll find a collection of H.I.P. Pocket Change's educational resources related to the Texas quarter!
"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 Texas quarter design isn't the only one that features a state's nickname! Check out the other states that have included state nicknames on their quarter designs:
|Delaware Quarter||Rhode Island Quarter|
|Massachusetts Quarter||Mississippi Quarter|
|Maryland Quarter||Michigan Quarter|
|South Carolina Quarter|
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!