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Ancient Rome Money: Background and Lesson Plan

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A comprehensive document containing background informaton for the teacher on the money system used in ancient Rome along with a complete lesson plan for having students apply the lesson to a mathematical task, which is a mythical Roman shopping list.

This is a great activity to do as part of your study of ancient Rome or even as a stand-alone mathematics lesson plan.

This Work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License.

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Teaching Duration
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I loved this activity. My children took to it pretty well, even the lower level ones. We had spent some time on Roman Numerals and had used your Latin words in daily language activities already so they had fun with this.
On  March 5, 2013Mark Aaron answered:
Thanks for the feedback. I have always loved this lesson too!
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On  January 17, 2011boxplayer (TpT Seller) said:
It was an interesting short exercise that blended math with social studies, but my 5th/6th grade students laughed when I told them tomatoes had been on the original shopping list. Tomatoes are a New World product -- the earliest record of their arrival in Europe connects with Cortez in 1519. I edited the worksheet and replaced tomatoes with apples. We may associate tomatoes with Italian cooking today, but the ancient Romans definitely did not have them! A few students had trouble with the exchanges, and we reviewed the lesson with concrete materials that represented the three coins involved. I added a question: What if the shopping list had been for twice as much? This resulted in a new round of swaps.
On  January 17, 2011Mark Aaron answered:
Hello my friend: There are also words in Latin for computer, television, and videotape.......in fact there are many products the ancient Romans did not have besides tomatoes, but that doesn't mean we cannot add the words to the Latin language and learn the monetary system using them. This is a great problem-solving lesson that my students have always loved, you won't see anything like it anywhere else, and I find it a bit disappointing to be nailed with a rotten "tomato" for the small and unimportant historical issue in the context of what I think is a great integrated math/social studies lesson plan. Thank you for your feedback.
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