Must Read Mentor Text: Round and Round the Money Goes

Hello friends!
Today is Sunday, which means it's going to be a wonderful day.
A wonderful day filled with church, a scrumptious lunch, hiking, and a movie marathon with my hubby :)
What also makes it wonderful is...
Today's theme is Social Studies
I want to share a book that I used when teaching about the economy in my classroom
Round and Round the Money Goes
by Melvin and Gilda Berger
It's a great book that explains the economy in very basic, kid-friendly terms. It discusses how money is made and circulated around the world as it is earned, saved, and spent.
After reading the book, I like to show them this awesome video:
"How It's Made - Coins"
One of my students' favorite activities is designing their own coins:
Here are some samples from my classroom:
You can find the Create-Your-Own-Coin and lots of other activities a fun packet filled with engaging activities to use in a study of the economy

I have created two different units, one designed for Primary Grades (1st-3rd) and the other for Intermediate grades (4-6), (some activities would even work up to 8th grade)
"Show Me the Money" Economy Unit - Primary
This 17-page packet is a great first introduction to the economy and ideas of producers/consumers, needs/wants, goods/services. 

Here is a preview of the packet:

I've also made a
This 19-page packet is a great introduction to the economy, specifically focusing on the concepts of producers/consumers, needs/wants, goods/services,as well as how money is minted and circulated, the Federal Reserve System and the Philadelphia Mint, and Communism vs. Capitalism. 

Here is a preview of the packet:

Question: If you had $1,000 to spend on anything you wanted, how would you spend it? Leave a comment with your answer :)

I would buy...a jet ski!
Red jet ski in the sea Stock Photo - 5338323

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