Money is what we use to show what goods or services are worth. When you do work, you are paid with money. When you sell something, the buyer gives you money. Sometimes it’s a lot of money and sometimes it’s just a little money. How much money you are given depends on how much what you are selling is worth. Some people try to make fake money. Making fake money is a crime called counterfeiting. Only one place in America makes money; it is called the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
This lesson will help students become good consumers and producers by taking turns buying and selling things in a classroom-created market. Students will establish prices for items and observe what happens during the sale of those items.
Students will look at a picture that Norman Rockwell painted about a Curiosity Shop. A little girl looks like she is about to purchase a doll. Her purse on her arm indicates that she might "exchange" money for the doll. This lesson teaches that trading goods and services with people for other goods and services or for money is called exchange.
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Designed primarily for elementary and middle school students, each of the 15 lessons in this guide introduces an economics concept through activities with modeling clay.
1 out of 17 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.