Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Money, and supports the standard of examining the positive and negative aspects of different forms of currency and barter systems. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • What is something you have or know of that is valuable? What makes it valuable?  

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Money topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Way Back When” or “Trivia.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about money while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary-style movie that analyzes forms of currency from around the world throughout history.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that compares and contrasts different forms of currency over time. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that represents the characteristics of a particular currency. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Money Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Money Quiz. 

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Money Magic: Challenge players to manage a magician’s budget in this interactive game. 

Shady Sam: Players take on the role of loan sharks, using strategies to maximize their profits at the expense of their borrowers in this game. 

Economics Unit: Continue to build understanding around money with more BrainPOP topics.

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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