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State Quarter Day In The Classroom!
Connecticut Outline

On October 7, 1999, the United States Mint welcomed the Connecticut state quarter into existence.  The ceremony, held at the United States Mint in Philadelphia, marked the release of the fifth and final state's quarter to be celebrated as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program in 1999.

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Connecticut's "State Quarter Day" into your classroom.

Connecticut Quarter Reverse

Connecticut Quarter

Learn more about the latest quarter and the important symbol that inspired it.

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 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!

Also, take a trip to Get a Clue About Collecting to Find the Hidden Coins that are a part of the 50 State Quarters Program.

Connected Coins and Medals

Before the United States Mint came into existence (also before our country was even independent from England), colonists had a great need for coins that they could use in order to make purchases.  Connecticut's own Dr. Samuel Higley created a special of coin, called the Higley Copper, that helped solve this very difficult dilemma.  While reading about this early coin, also take time to read through the Teacher Feature, "Breaking Even?" to see if it's an idea you could use with your students.

Higley Copper Obverse

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

Puzzle Mint

Here's a challenge for your students!  Put all the pieces of the Connecticut quarter back together—in three minutes or less!

Cents of Color

Are your students budding artists?  Let them try their hands at painting the Connecticut quarter.  Paint the "Charter Oak" blue or pink...let your imagination 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!

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