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We're In the Money:
Lessons for Teaching About Money

Presidents Day is a great time to teach kids about money and its value. Every time we spend a dime (or a penny or a dollar), after all, we see the faces of those great leaders! So this week, we present five new hands-on lessons for teaching about the value of money. Included: Hold a money bee, design a coin, make predictions, discover what some consumer goods could have cost a century ago, more!

What more practical skills do we teach than those related to money? Yet how many of your students could make change for a $20 bill without using a calculator?

If making change is one of those skills your students need to practice, we have a fun activity for you. Why not adapt the spelling bee format and hold a "making change money bee in your classroom? See the lesson below.

If you need activities for helping students learn about making change and other money-math skills, you have come to the right place

FIVE LESSONS FOR TEACHING ABOUT MONEY

This week, Education World provides five lessons for teaching about money. Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)

Try a Money Bee for a "Change
Adapt the spelling bee format and hold a money bee for a "change! (Grades K-12)

What Did It Cost in 1903?
Invite students to compare prices of goods across the century in this lesson that introduces the concept of inflation. (Grades 3-12)

Design a Coin
Students research a state and then design a quarter for it. They use dough or foil to create the coin! (Grades K-12)

Coin Count & Classification
How will100 pennies will sort by decade or year? Students make a prediction and then test that prediction. (Grades K-12)

Money Math Match
Students hunt for the classmate who holds a bag of coins equal in value to theirs. (Grades K-5)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Are you still looking for more lessons for teaching about money? While searching the Web for resources, we came across a handful of lessons you might want to check out. Click for more money lessons.

Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World®
Copyright © 2009 Education World

Originally published 02/07/2003
Last updated 01/20/2009