Studying the history of money
Students ages 8 and 9
March and April
6 hours and 30 minutes
Financial and cooperative skills
- Understanding the history of money
- Understanding member roles and relationships
Students learn about important moments in the history of Canadian money.
All the documents you need to carry out this activity are in the right-hand column under Useful links.
At the end of this task, students will be able to describe some characteristics of Canadian money during a given era.
- Time required:
- Teaching material:
Evolution of Canada's Currency
(PDF, 1.76 MB)
- Hand out the Evolution of the Canada's Currency - Key Moments sheet.
- Together with students, read about key moments in the history of Canadian money.
- Form teams of 2 students each.
- Ask teams to choose a key moment and look for information on the subject.
- Give students time to do research.
- More than 1 team may choose the same key moment.
- Research strategy: In a search engine (like Google), enter “Canadian coins” and a year. Avoid using articles in the search query and choose pertinent keywords.
At the end of this task, students will be able to describe the historic and social context of Canadian money in any given era.
- Time required:
2 hours, for presentations
- Suggest that students share their knowledge with schoolmates.
- Prepare information kiosks featuring illustrations, pictures and short texts that represent the era.
- Ask students to bring in coins and bills. Some families have kept old coins and bills so have students ask their parents if they have any old money stashed away.
- All students should research coins and bills for all categories to increase the chances of finding all the elements.
- Have students ask their parents if they have one of the elements for a category on the list of subjects. Provide a form where parents can list what they send to school. Put the coins and bills collected in labeled, clear plastic bags.