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Students demonstrate the ability to comprehend and calculate currency exchange rates.
Students recognize American leaders. In this American history lesson, students identify traits of good leaders. Students then research the leaders pictured on American currency.
This short clip is essentially just a review of what Sal has discussed in previous videos about the China-US trade situation. He goes over all the details, discussing the trade imbalance and the way the Chinese government keeps the Yuan from appreciating by increasing its supply. He also discusses the practice of investing in US treasuries, increasing the supply of money for loans in the US and decreasing interest rates. Ask scholars what they think of Sal's last point about spending more because debt is cheaper. Does this mean they would spend more?
Middle schoolers examine use and principles of currency as it relates to the establishment and continuation of credit and banking systems.
Students investigate the currency exchange rate.  In this middle school mathematics instructional activity, student use proportions to exchange between the U.S. dollar and the euro.  Students come up with a product they would like to buy and determine the cost in Euros. 
Seventh graders examine currency rates. In this exchange rate lesson, 7th graders visit selected websites to determine the exchange rates between specified currencies.
Students explore foreign currencies. In this foreign currencies activity, students simulate travel to another country and determine the value of the US dollar compared to other countries. Students use a conversion table and search Internet sites that show exchange rates. Students create a spreadsheet with conversion rates.
Students examine United States currency with its new design. They discuss the reasons for the change. They also examine the impact this had on the economy as a whole.
In this English instructional activity, students read "Zimbabwe to Get a New Currency," and then respond to 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
Students investigate the origin and use of the Euro as currency in the newly established European Union. The implications for the local and world economy are considered. Students calculate the value of the Euro in comparison to other currencies.
Learners gain an understanding of currency or the type of money exchange. They explain the different types of currency in the U.S. and how they originated. They share any foreign currency that they may have with their group.
Students explore the need for money in a society and the artificial value of coin and paper currencies. They design their own coin and paper currency.
Emerging consumers recognize the types and denominations of U.S. currency. They listen to a guest speaker (if possible) and view a video.  They create their own money using styrofoam and a toothpick for engraving. Consider creating a marketplace for them to use their created coins! You could sell pencils, small treats, bathroom passes, etc. 
Now that we understand what the Chinese Government does to keep its currency artificially suppressed, Sal explores what might happen if they were to allow a free floating exchange against the dollar. He outlines the hypothetical ripple effect, starting with the strengthening of the Yuan and ending with the possible transfer for the manufacturing base to other developed countries such as India or Latin America.
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 plan 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 plan, which is a terrific example of the power of the written word. A great history and writing lesson plan!
Students study the history of currency and the monetary system of historic Akan people, who lived on the Atlantic coast of Africa. This outstanding series of lessons is multi-disciplinary and contains many activities for different learning styles.
In this identifying the names of countries worksheet, 6th graders read the name of each country's currency, unscramble the name of the country, and write it correctly Students write 10 answers.
What is the capital city of Saint Lucia? The Comorian Franc is the currency of what country? Geography buffs will love touring and testing their knowledge of famous, as well as lesser-known countries, currencies, and customs. Challenging and colorful.
Take your class on a North American adventure with a currency conversion problem. Pupils are asked to change US dollars into Canadian dollars and then to Mexican pesos. The commentary includes two solutions, converting by unit rates and using dimensional analysis. Use unit rate conversion for understanding and dimensional analysis to ready students for higher levels of science.  

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