Economic Connections

Educational services promoting economic and personal finance literacy



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General Economics

Household Choice

Business Choice

Role of Government

Economic Systems


Sample Workshops

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Grades 6-12

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Literature and Music

Michigan History

U.S. History



Web Links: Money/trade


STATE STANDARD: How government decisions on taxation, spending, public goods, and regulation impact what is produced, how it is produced, and who receives the benefits of production.



Making Change

International Currency

International Trade

Background Information on Countries


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50 State Quarters Program. Details from the U.S. Mint on the design of the 50 quarters plus lesson plans on coin identification, counting money, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, U.S. History, geography, etc.


A Comparative Chronology of Money. A timeline of the history of money from ancient times to the present day.


American Currency Exhibit. Learn about currency throughout U.S. history with notes on design and other interesting facts.


A Brief History of Checking. Fact Monster offers an elementary perspective.


Buckyís Games.The U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving offers games useful as a reward for your students who have completed their regular work before others.

Build a Buck. Click and drag puzzle pieces to make a $10 dollar bill.

Portrait Studio.Match the portraits of presidents with the correct bill.

Whack a Buck. A trivia quiz using true and false questions.


Cash Puzzler.Preschool and early elementary students can complete a simple puzzle featuring a dollar or other bill.Success is rewarded with some quick facts about the people featured on the bill.

Check-up.Each check in this checkbook contains an error or represents a bad habit a check writer should avoid.Can they find the reasons the checks would not be accepted?††

Counting on Coins.Read why people coins are made of metal and where they are made.


The Currency Gallery. Photos of currency past and present. Special sections focus on colonial and confederate currency.


Current Value of Old Money.Dozens of links to calculators and other tools to help you determine how much money from a different place and time would be worth today.


Dollar Art.Background on the design of the dollar bill and new currency designs from students across the country.


Dollars and Cents: Fundamentals of Money. How U.S. currency and coin is made, the design of money, circulation and spotting counterfeits. Source: Atlanta FED


Ed's Bank. Help Ed save money in his piggy bank so he can go shopping. Then watch his quirky reactions as he interacts with his purchases. A cute game that helps elementary students identify the value of coins.


FactMonster: Money.Links to almost two dozen web pages on money topics including design, how money is made, the history of banking and checking, counterfeiting, etc. Puzzles.Simple crossword puzzles, word scrambles and money math problems for early elementary students from reinforce earning, saving and spending concepts.


The History of the U.S. Penney. Design and other facts concerning the first U.S. coin.


Know Your Money. Information on counterfeiting and the history of money from the U.S. Secret Service.


Money Math.A collection of money math games that provide practice making change, calculating what can be purchased with a given amount of money, and adding up how much money is in a piggy bank. Options let you choose the level of difficulty of the problems, set a time limit and whether you want to keep score. Source; Education 4 Kids.


Money Facts.The U.S. Department of the Treasury provides more information than you will ever want to know about money design, printing, circulation, counterfeiting, and more.


Money - Past, Present & Future. A history and chronology of money, essays on the politics of money, examples of barter that still exist, and predictions on the future of money, Site is most appropriate for high school and older students.


National Numismatic Collection. The Smithsonian Institution offers virtual exhibits on currency past and present.

The New Color of Money. News and how to order learning materials about the latest currency redesign and safety features from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.. collectors go to get latest news on the 50 state quarters program. Source:


Treasure Dome.Click on $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 to discover money trivia and learn about the security features on U. S. currency.Then try one or more of the games:

Bank for Your Buck.Test your knowledge of security and other currency features.

Alien-A-Buck-tion.A $10 puzzle.

Treasury Planet.Which bills are real and which are fake?

Making Money the Hard Way.Match the Presidents with their bills.


U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change.Choose the Time Line to travel to different periods in U.S. History and learn about the people and money of the time.


Virtual Tour of theMoney Museum.A virtual tour of an exhibit at the Richmond FED featuring coins and currents from ancient times to the present plus a short history of our nationís banking system.


Where in the World Does Money Come From? A short history on why we use coins for trade versus barter.


World of Money. Most appropriate for grades 6+, this British web site offers a history of money, how money is made, and money in our culture.


Making Change

Fun Brain: Change Maker. Students are asked to determine how many bills and coins that they should get back when making a purchase.


Money Flashcards. Let students test their money counting skills with on-line flashcards.


International Currency


The Big Mac Index.The Economist magazine offers Big Mac prices as an indicator of foreign exchange rates.


Currencies of the World. A chart of currencies by nation and whether they have a fixed or flexible exchange rate.


Currency Converter. View exchange rates past and present.


Universal Currency Converter. A simple calculator for converting currency.


Wanna Argument? The Euro. Should the United Kingdom join the Euro? A look at some of the pro and con arguments


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The Boomerang Box. Follow a special cargo box traveling by ship, train and truck around the world. Since 1997 a log has been maintained of the trade goods in the box.Choose the trade topics archive for a wealth of readings and study questions on topics such as the Silk Road, the Panama Canal, the Euro, Chocolate, reading maps, and free trade.


Institute for International Economics. Miscellaneous documents on international trade. Use the search feature to locate case studies on the events that led to and the effectiveness of economic sanctions against Cuba, China, South Africa, Libya and other nations.


The Clothes Line. A series of photos and activities designed to show the production of cotton and clothing in India.International trade and the industryís labor practices are also addressed.


Explorers. Enchanted Learning provides short biographies on explorers organized by name, continent and historical time period.


Family Farms Around the World.Links to more than a hundred web sites featuring farms in 40 states and 18 countries. Most include information about life on their farm, animals, crops, marketing, problems, economics, soil, and climate.


Foreign Trade Statistics. Data on U.S. imports and exports from the U.S. Census Bureau.

International Monetary Fund. News and information concerning IMF and its programs to promote monetary exchange stability, economic growth, and temporary financial assistance.


Making a Meal of It. Learning activities with photos for elementary students that help connect the food we eat with others around the world, particularly in economically developing countries. Why some people are hungry and what young people can do about it is also addressed.


Milking It: Small Farmers and International Trade. Oxfam offers background information, case studies, and activities for introducing secondary students to fair trade issues.One case investigates the causes and effects of 'dumping' dry milk.

Peace Corp. Lesson plans, how to connect your students with Peace Corps volunteers, stories, videos, maps, and more for educators and students. Trace the national origin of spices and herbs. Read about the history of the spice trade and how trade flows brought them to the United States.

The Silk Road and Central Asia. An information gateway to many web sites on this topic.


Trade Policy. Links to information and other sites concerning the World Trade Organization, trade agreements and related issues from the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service.


U.S. Dept. of State: Economic Issues.News of current trade and other international economic issues.


U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services. Current and historical figures on U.S. Trade provided by the Census Bureau.


United Nations: Cyber School Bus. Background statistics on member nations, curriculum materials addressing issues such as poverty and human rights, and a model UN project.


World Bank. The source of development assistance for more than 100 economies with the primary focus on helping those that have the poorest people.

World Trade Organization. Get the basics on the international organization that deals with the rules of trade between nations.Information on GATT, TRIPS and other trade agreements are also posted.

Background Information on Countries


Background Notes on Countries. A brief, detailed summary of information on countries worldwide from the U.S. Dept. of State. The country's culture, history, geography, economy, government and current political situation are included. A reading list, travel notes and maps are often provided as well.


Country Briefings. News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics and more from the publishers of The Economist.

Country Profiles from World Trade Press. Business and trade information on all the countries of the world arranged by continent and name.The focus is on trade but some general background is also given., flags, national anthems, people, economics, defense and more.


Country Studies. From the Library of Congress, descriptions and analysis of countries(particularly those that are lesser known) with respect to history, social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions.


Fact Monster: World & News.A world almanac with maps, flags, world history, geography, and more.


Federal Research Division: Country Studies. Descriptions and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of more than 100 nations.


Learning Enrichment.Learning units on select countries addressing current issues.Primarily for high school and middle school classes but there is at least one unit on China for the elementary grades.


Portals to the World. Links to nations and other areas of the world selected by specialists at the Library of Congress.

World Fact Book. CIA profiles of nations providing data concerning geography, people, government, economics, communication, transportation and more.


Xpedition: Atlas.National Geographic offers reproducible black-line maps in .pdf and .gif format that can be printed with and without labels and boundaries. For more detailed maps, check out the National Geographic Map Maker.


Yahooligans: Countries.An index of links organized by country, a world fact book, maps, pictures and video clips.