The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 3

Notes and Lesson Plans

The Maths of Practical Life: Currency
updated August 19, 2023

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Maths of Practical Life: Currency
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My curated collection of visuals! Browse sample main lesson book pages, watercolor paintings, chalkboard drawings, etc. for Currency.

Other Helpful Resources

    here are some I Have... Who Has? cards that are free on TPT (but you could easily make up your own cards using a jar of change and a pack of index cards)

    Starting a coin collection is also a great activity!

The Essential Books to Buy

I think there is really only one must-have book for this block, which is Betsy Maestro's The Story of Money. And your public library probably has it!

Another good possibility is What is Trade? by Carolyn Andrews.

Part of an entire book series on Economics, it's the only one that is really a good fit with this block. Every two page "chapter" could be a story. You would have to decide how far to go (I would skip the Triangle Trade and Trade Wars for this age). The information on the Aramaeans, Phoenicians, Ancient China, the Silk Road, Maya, Inca, Ghana, Mali and Mansa Musa, Lydia, and Native Americans is really helpful, and it's nicely divided into chunks whereas with Betsy Maestro's book you have to decide where to pause. Ideally, I would say to get both and combine them.

It is nice to supplement with picture books which include bartering, before you introduce how money itself came to be. You probably have a picture book on your shelf that has bartering in it. Here are some fun options:

It's a pretty simple block, but super-fun to teach. Here are my blog posts from teaching this main lesson topic in 2019. They will tell you everything we did day by day:

Complete notes from when I taught this block a second time, in September 2020:

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