Theme 1 Lesson 3:
What Is Money?

This lesson focuses on two types of money: paper money and coins. The students identify money and its value (its buying power) while participating in a money-matching activity. They estimate the number of coins in a can; then they determine the exact number of coins and their value in terms of dollars and cents.

Visuals & Activities


  • Wants
  • Money
  • Human Capital
  • Value of Money
  • Capital
  • Coins
  • Economic Wants
  • Paper Money

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