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The Chinese, Dish with the Eight Buddhist Emblems contains symbols and visual references for learners to explore. They search for Buddhist symbolism on the dish and then they use their observation skills to locate and explore the meaning of various symbols found on the US one-dollar bill. The kids then create imaginary currency that incorporates symbolism.
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 instructional activity 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 instructional activity, which is a terrific example of the power of the written word. A great history and writing instructional activity!
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!
Students prepare a speech from the point of view of a piece of currency. In this writing and speech lesson plan, students imagine themselves a piece of currency. They write a brief description of their owner. Papers are passed around the room, with each person adding another description. After six passes, the papers are returned to the original owner who prepares an oral presentation from the point of view of the currency.
Students identify and interpret the relationships between various components of currency, discusses the uses of money, and provides advanced lessons on making change. They also identify the various ways that money is used and how to use it and give change using addition and subtraction and the value of coins.
Pupils review the table with currencies equivalents for the American dollar from the following countries: Australia, Great Britain, China, Canada, India, Japan, Kenya, and Mexico. They then answer the three questions using the currency conversion table and dividing the exchange rates to find the original prices in US dollars.