An animation made with young people at the Alan Pullinger Centre. Produced in association with Mybnk.
|Scooped by Hannah Sheeran|
Scoop 1: The Story of Money (its origins and why we use it)
This clip provides a starting point for a topic on money. It gives a brief overview of original trade and barter systems and traces the history of the use of money around the world. It also outlines the use of credit cards and the internet in removing physical money from transactions. This clip is of value because it highlights the limitations of physical trade and consequently the reason that a medium for exchange is required.
As a teacher, you could begin with a class discussion on defining money and why we use it. You could then show this clip to help explain that money holds no actual value in and of itself, but is a tool to exchange goods and services. This enables a review of prior knowledge from earlier stages where students explain how to use money (SSES1) and the different forms of money (SSS1.7). This review enables you to gauge the level of knowledge of students to create subsequent lessons that are tailored for their needs.
The teacher could then create a timeline from 10,000 BC to today and as a whole class, add dates and events of advances in monetary exchange. A second (or even third) viewing may be necessary for students to make notes.
The reason I would use this clip over simply providing a blank timeline and providing verbal or information for students to add to the timeline is that this clip builds visual literacy and comprehension skills. The animations are engaging and the information is in appropriate language. This clip provides a framework for further research into this topic – it is not seen as a comprehensive source but rather a broad introduction to get students to start seeing money as a tool for exchange.