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- Sabrina F., Special Education Teacher
- Fairfax, VA
Currency Teacher Resources
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Sixth graders explore the connection between a nation's currency and its values by analyzing dollars, francs and euros. They discuss how the mottoes, designs, and portraits imprinted on currency are a reflection of heritage and cultural values. In small groups, 6th graders create their own currency to reflect their values and heritage.
Sixth graders research the Spanish influence on early colonial America and the process of establishing the present U.S. currency. They read and discuss an informational handout in small groups, and take a short quiz. Students then examine different exchange rates, and convert the price of an item from U.S. currency to another country's currency.
Upper elementary and middle school learners explore currencies from a variety of countries. They use the Internet, video, and engage in hands-on activities. They practice converting U.S. currency to foreign currency and vice versa. This incredibly-thorough plan has worksheets, video, and resource links embedded in it. Fantastic!
Where does money come from? If your class can't answer this question (beyond "my parents"), this presentation will be a timely and appropriate way to teach them. Details about currency, money supply, and the banking system, help explain the concept of money and its purpose in society. A list of key terms can serve as a great review tool as well.
Put economics and currency exchange rates into a real-world application kids can understand. They'll compare bus fares from various cities around the world. Each child selects three international cities to research. They determine the cost of bus fare for each city and then use the current exchange rate to convert their fares into a US dollar amount. A great way to bring global economics into the classroom.
Here is a fascintating lesson which relates how the motto "In God We Trust" came to appear on all US currency. It turns out that a man from Arkansas came up with the idea and petioned his congressman and President Eisenhower himself to make this idea into a law. It became one! Many of the letters written by this person appear in the lesson, which is a terrific example of the power of the written word. A great history and writing lesson!