Week of October 29, 2017
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What is the currency code in Malaysia?
What is forgery?
When someone illegally copies money
When someone steals money
The process used to make money

How much does the Liberty Bell weigh?
1,000 pounds
2,000 pounds
3,000 pounds

Money Around the World

Bill of RightsIf you travel internationally, you will find that some countries do not accept funds from the United States. When that happens, you have to exchange your money for the currency of the country you are visiting. You can examine Currencies of the World at Math Is Fun, mathsisfun.com/money/
, to compare foreign coins and banknotes to U.S. currency. What can you learn about a country from the objects that are portrayed on its money? Egypt features wonders such as the pyramids and the Sphinx. Canada shares its beautiful wildlife on its coins.

Play Swimming Otters
Swimming Otters

Origins of Money

First CoinsHave you ever wondered why money was invented? The British Museum presents Money, british
, from its origins to the present. The Beginnings of Coinage are traced back to ancient kingdoms such as Lydia. Coins were weighed, and a coin’s image indicated its value. By the 1500s, images on coins were more detailed. Money was used to spread beliefs or messages and later helped historians learn about ancient rulers. In Spending, Saving and Borrowing, see how spending money has changed in the digital age.

Virtual Road Trip

RoadtripHit the Road: A Financial Adventure, mycreditunion.gov/
, is an interactive game to help you practice money-management skills. Choose your character and travel companions, and start your trip. Your professions will determine the jobs you can do to earn money along the way. You will have to budget carefully to buy food, gas and supplies. You also take time to sightsee in your travels. Earn experience badges visiting historic monuments in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago. Can you complete the trip with money in the bank and no debt?

Speak Out

What historical character would
you like to portray? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: My teacher assigned a presentation that requires me to dress up as a historical figure. My budget is limited, so do you have any ideas? — Vanessa B., Hartford, Connecticut

Dear Vanessa: Once you choose a historical figure, the best thing you can do is research images of that person so you have an idea of the type of clothing he or she wore. For instance, if your presentation is about Laura Ingalls Wilder, you can visit her website, lauraingallswilderhome.com, to see photographs of her.

For well-known historical figures who lived before photography was common, seek out paintings, drawings and other evidence you can use to get accurate ideas of what you need.

Once you know what you’re looking for, see if family members and friends could donate clothing or accessories to help complete your portrayal. Chances are you can find many of the items you are looking for in modern closets!

If that doesn’t work, you may be able to alter one of your own pieces of clothing to use in the costume you are making. Put your imagination to work and you’re sure to create an authentic costume for your project!


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