Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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 creative 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 below the Movie player.
  • 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: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary-style movie that analyzes forms of currency from around the world throughout history. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that compares and contrasts different forms of currency over time. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that represents the characteristics of a particular currency.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about money. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How has currency evolved over time? What caused these changes? 
  • What factors might change the value of a currency? Why? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Money Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Spend more time exploring money concepts with topics in BrainPOP’s Economics Unit.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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