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Absolutely and Relatively: The Puerto Rico Quarter Reverse

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How much does your class know about Puerto RIco? How much can they learn from the back of a 2009 quarter? Use the coin, part of a series of quarters that depict US territories, to teach learners about the geography, culture, and history of Puerto Rico.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use when discussing the difference between a US state and a territory
  • Incorporate more current events from Puerto Rico, including Hurricane Maria in 2017
  • Bring in additional state quarters to provide context for the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires an overhead projector, but a document viewer or interactive whiteboard would be fine
  • Resource was published in 2009
  • Includes a writing rubric
  • Cross-curricular lesson involves social studies and language arts skills
  • Reinforces the concepts of absolute and relative location
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