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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
Utah Outline

The United States Mint released the Utah quarter on November 5, 2007.  Utah is the forty-fifth state to be honored as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.

On May 10, 1869, the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific railroad lines met Promontory, Utah.  Utah's quarter shows two trains meeting at the golden spike before Utah mountains.  The moment captured on Uta's quarter truly changed the state and the nation forever!

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


Utah Quarter Reverse

Utah 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 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 Utah quarter:  Which Came First? (K–1), I'll Meet You in the Middle (2–3), and Read All About It! (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 Utah quarter features two trains meeting at the golden spike and the motto "Crossroads of the West."  Learn more about other coins featuring marvels of engineering and the linking of east and west.

2005 West Virginia quarter

2005 West Virginia Quarter:  The West Virginia quarter features the engineering wonder known as the New River Gorge Bridge.

1915 Panama-Pacific Octagonal 50-Dollar Coin

1915 Panama-Pacific Octagonal 50-Dollar Coin:  Learn more about the completion of the Panama Canal and how this engineering marvel connected the East and West.


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 Utah quarter back together—in three minutes or less!

Cents of Color

Are your students budding artists?  Let them try their hands at painting the Utah quarter.  A purple mountain range and an orange train?  Let your students' 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!