The History of Money
Snack: Since we're going to be
learning about the history of money all around the world, let's try a "global"
snack: a small bowl of rice with a dunk or two of soy sauce (Asia), chunks of
cut-up baked yam with brown sugar (Africa), a small hunk of cheese with a
cracker (Europe), and some As-American-As-Apple juice (not pie).
Paper and pen or pencil
Various supplies to make a visual
aid - depends on
the student's idea; if you are at an
you may have to bring it in the next
Read either of these reports on the history of money.
choose something mentioned in the article, write a one-paragraph explanation of
it in your own words, and make a "visual aid" about it.
how to write about a topic, and "bring it alive" for an audience with some kind
of a visual aid, is a great skill.
A "visual aid" is some
kind of device that goes beyond words on a page that you might write, or words
that you might say aloud to an audience, to explain your topic, in 3-D.
Examples of a visual aid:
a unique object such as an antique machine, a poster, an experiment, a short
film, a song, a map, a display board, a book, a costume, an
audience-participation skit, etc. etc.
A visual aid works best
when it is nice-looking or otherwise captivating; unusual so that it will hold
your audience's interest, and relates clearly to the topic or idea you are
trying to communicate.
You will really need to be
good at developing and using visual aids for speech class and regular class
presentations in school, and later, in real life, for all kinds of meetings and
demonstrations - any time you are trying to communicate knowledge to someone
else, which will be needed just about every hour of every day!
So, for example, if you chose
to write about where we get the expression "shelling out" - because seashells
are found everywhere and make a convenient medium of monetary exchange -- you
could bring in some seashells and hold different ones up to pretend each one
contained a different monetary value.
Or you could pick three
volunteers from your group, and give each of them one item that kids your age
would like to buy. Then give the kids in your group a handful of shells each.
Let them "buy and sell" and see who ends up with what.
Or you could paint a
watercolor of a seashell, attach a price to it, and see if any other student
would buy it - "shell out," in other words.