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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


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)


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