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Focus Question: What are the basic functions of money?


Introduction to the Concept of Money from Farmer School of Business, Miami University of Ohio.
Functions of Money
Cowrie Shells Used as Money
Cowrie Shells Used as Money

The History of Money, from NOVA

What did Egyptians use for money?

  • Barter
  • Cattle (9000 - 6000 BCE)
  • Cowrie Shells (1200 BCE)
  • Bronze and Copper (1000 BCE)
  • Modern Coinage (500 BCE)
  • Paper Money (806 CE)

8 Things You May Not Know About Money, History Channel
Money Lesson
Money game for children K-5 $$$

History of Money Explained in One Infographic



Coin of Xerxes, 220 BCE
Coin of Xerxes, 220 BCE

external image 200px-Book_icon_%28closed%29_-_Red_and_gold.svg.pngDeciphering the 'Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo' of the Financial World, An interview with John Lanchester about his 2104 book, How to Speak Money on NPR.


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Multimedia.pngThis Video by Neil Fergusen traces the history of money in human history and how it has in turn shaped human society.

How Much Is Enough? Movie Clip of Wallstreet
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History of Money


Trace the history of money - to the present and beyond...

See also, The History of Money from NOVA from PBS

Chinese currency
Chinese currency

Money Around the World


Explore Money from Around the World from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Teaching about Money


We're in the Money: Lessons for Teaching about Money







Schoolhouse Rock Video on Bartering and Currency









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  • Lesson Plan from the University of North Carolina about Barter and Money aimed for teaching 10th grade students.
  • Lesson Plan from the Philidelphia Federal Reserve Bank on the Functions and Characteristics of Money.
  • Lesson Plan created by Pamela Carrubba who won third place in a Lesson Plan Contest for the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. This lesson plan is aimed for teaching middle school students.
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