The 2015-2016 theme allows librarians, teachers and parents to give students a broad look at money, small businesses, and how our financial system works. In Lots and Lots of Coins by Margarette Reid, students learn about the history of money, particularly coins. A fun coin rubbing exercise is an activity all students should enjoy. For would-be entrepreneurs, Lisa Holthouse's book, It All Started with a Turtle, introduces the basics of starting a small business. Students learn how money is earned. Our final program book, Twenty-two Cents by Paula Yoo, tells the real-life story of Muhammad Yunus and the creation of the Grameen Bank. This illustrated biography explains how banks make a profit and shows how an accessible banking system can make a big difference in the lives of individual families.
Librarian Book Exercises
The librarian activities in this section differ from the classroom lessons in two key ways: (1) the activity is written to be used with a wide-age group; and (2) is shorter in length to accomodate its usage within a 45 minute student library class.
Lots and Lots of Coins - What is money?
It All Started with a Turtle - How is money earned?
Twenty-two Cents - How do banks manage our money?
Additional Lesson Planning Resources
The lessons above are meant for use by the school librarian during a 40-minute instructional time. Teachers who wish to expand on the librarian activities may use this resource list to create longer, more detailed lesson plans.
Each year, the program provides schools with tools to promote the program within the school community and with parents.