This one-cent piece from 1974 is perfectly normal-except for one thing.
Escape from Barter Islands
Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media
Duration: 25 minutes
Date Posted: 3/31/2014
Although many children are already familiar with what money looks like and with how and
when their families use money, it is important that they also understand how money itself
works. The money we use, coins and currency, has very little value on its own. Coins and
bills only have value because communities agree to accept them in return for other items of
In this activity, your child will use an online game to learn how bartering works and why
people chose to use money systems instead.
Thois activity is part of the OurStory module Money Makers.