INTERNATIONAL MONEY MUSEUM
An Interdisciplinary Learning Experience
The International Money Museum is an interdisciplinary teaching unit designed to
stimulate your students' interest in exploring and understanding our global
economy. Examining international coins and currencies sparks your students
interest in the countries of our world. The IMM is an educational kit that, with
the efforts of your students, unfolds into an interactive learning museum.
Student outcomes and sample activities are described below.
The International Money Museum introduces the function of money as a medium of
exchange. It contains coins and currencies from many countries, past and
present, which students view and inspect. The museum is used at all grade
levels to supplement units on economics, geography, history, mathematics,
language arts, science, sports and recreation, etc. The "Money Mystery"
activities facilitate creative and critical thinking and help to develop
research skills. In completing the "Money Mystery" tasks, your students
research global economic issues, scientific problems, and social dilemmas of the
world's countries. You can use "Money Mysteries" in learning centers,
cooperative learning groups or as whole class introductions to topics of study.
To get more information on the International Money Museum contact the
University of Missouri-Kansas City Center for Economic Education
at (816) 235-2254 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete IMM Educational learning Kits (includes Teachers' Guide, 50 assorted international currencies, 50 assorted foreign coins, and over 140 laminated Money Mystery activity cards) are $150. Separately, the Teachers' Guide is $40.00, a set of activity cards is $75.00, and the set of assorted currencies and coins is $75.00.
UMKC Center for Economic Education
365 School of Education
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
The International Money Museum furthers curriculum development in the following
- Uses international coins and currency to spark interest in learning about
countries of the world as students complete tasks presented on the "Money
Mystery" task cards.
- Creates opportunities for students to incorporate new ideas and learning
into existing knowledge schema resulting in the construction of meaning as
students research and create.
- Provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning. "Money Mysteries"
include questions in history, math, science, government, economics, geography,
sports and recreation, and money and banking making curricular integration easy
and allowing students to explore areas of interest.
- Facilitates development of creative and critical thinking and research
skills. Museum activities provide opportunities to practice higher order
- Promotes understanding of diversity in our world. The "Money Mystery"
activities provide opportunities to explore similarities and differences among
peoples of the world.
Sample "Money Mystery" Activities:
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- Choose a currency from the International Money Museum. Research to
find the primary export of the country and countries that are competitors in the
export market. Draw a pie or bar graph showing the percentage of market shares
produced by each country.
- Select a bill of interest. Use language and picture clues to
discover the country of origin. Describe the location of the country on a globe
or map using longitude and latitude.
- Money and Banking
- Examine a U.S. bill. In what year was it printed? Who was
the Treasurer of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury?
- What famous people are represented on the money from other countries?
List the country, name of the money, the famous person, and the accomplishments
of the person.
- List the countries that use more than one language on their currency.
Why do you suppose they use multiple languages?
- Using centimeters, measure the dimensions of currencies from three
countries of your choice.
- Language Arts
- Choose one of the currencies. Research to locate information
about that country. Design a travel brochure to entice tourists to that
- If you were to govern a country represented by currency in The
International Money Museum, which country would you choose and why?
- You are a wildlife enthusiast, search through the coins and currencies
and select one country where you would like to travel to observe wildlife.
Explain your reasoning behind this decision.
- Sports and Recreation
- Identify a nation from the currency. Research a
prominent sport in that country that is not commonly found in the United States.
Write a paragraph telling about the players, the rules, the winner and how the
score is tallied.