Students will research world currency and evaluate the role people, places, events, agriculture, manufacturing, and architecture play in the design of currency. Students will then design and create personal currencies that reflect their personalities, strengths, interests, and ambitions. Students will provide written support for their design and connections and will appropriately publish or display their products.
An overview, tips, guidance, interdisciplinary extensions, and topics for reflection accompany the core lesson. Throughout the unit, students will think, create meaningful products, and make important contributions to their own learning. Students can focus on topics that interest them and can build on the skills and knowledge they learned in previous activities.
Over 40 Extensions (cognitive and affective strategies that will help students develop skills, improve identified weaknesses, and master content) are provided. The varied and flexible Extensions offer opportunities for students to make connections between subject areas and between current activities and previous learning. Making such connections will help students develop the skills and thinking necessary to be successful with topics that are increasingly challenging.
In addition, students will experience the sense of empowerment that comes from taking a leadership role in their own education by setting and working toward goals. They will learn to use time, plan well, work with others, and rely on themselves.
Teachers do not have to be the expert for Extensions. Instead, teachers should be a resource for students as they independently and deliberately investigate areas of interest.