The United States Mint celebrated the release of the Washington quarter on April 2, 2007. The ceremony marked the release of the quarter for the forty-second state to be honored as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.
Washington's quarter pictures a salmon next to Mt. Rainier, a volcano. The quarter also bears the state's nickname, "Evergreen State," as well as the inscriptions "Washington" and "1889."
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the features of this coin and the excitement of the Washington "State Quarter Day" into your classroom!
Learn more about the latest quarter.
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 Washington quarter: Wow! Water, Trees, Fish! (K–1), Looking at Landforms (2–3), and Salmon Stories (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!
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!
"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 Washington quarter features the state's nickname, "The Evergreen State," chosen because of the state's evergreen trees. Check out some other quarters that feature important and impressive trees:
2001 Vermont Quarter: This quarter shows Vermont's maple trees, which produce the delicious brown syrup enjoyed by pancake lovers everywhere.
2000 South Carolina Quarter: This quarter's design shows the state bird (Carolina wren), state flower (yellow jessamine), and state tree (palmetto). Do you know why the Palmetto tree is so important to South Carolina?
1999 Connecticut Quarter: Connecticut's famous Charter Oak tree takes center stage. Legend has it that this tree was the hiding place for Connecticut's charter, granted by the King of England. Hiding the charter prevented its being revoked in 1687.
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
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