The Federal Reserve System has many publications and online resources available for classroom use. Most are available in classroom sets for free.
|Dollars and Cents: Fundamental Facts About U.S. Money
Provides historical information about U.S. money and describes the types and features of paper money and coins now in circulation. The booklet also tells how currency and coins are made, how money circulates, how damaged money is redeemed, and how to spot a counterfeit bill. Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Order at www.newyorkfed.org/publications .
|Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
Explores money as a medium of exchange and how banks “create” money when they lend it. Also discusses the Federal Reserve’s role in promoting economic growth without inflation. Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Order at www.newyorkfed.org/publications .
|Once Upon a Dime
Presents a fable about the island kingdom of Mazuma and the growth of its economy from barter to a sophisticated modern system, with its own central bank. The fable illustrates basic concepts of barter, money, banking, and inflation. Great for elementary and middle schools. Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Order at www.newyorkfed.org/publications .
|The Story of Money
Explains the purposes of money in a modern economy, the characteristics of items used as money, the way the banking system creates money, and the reasons the Federal Reserve influences the money supply. Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Order at www.newyorkfed.org/publications .
|The Story of Checks and Electronic Payments
Describes how to write a check, the uses and advantages of checks, the automation of check collection, and the concept of an electronic payment system. Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Order at www.newyorkfed.org/publications .
|My Money Part 1
Introduces K-2 students to economic concepts of money, savings, jobs, goods, and services. Activities cover topics such as coin identification, money equivalents, and examples of jobs that provide goods or services. Classroom set includes a teacher’s guide and 25 student workbooks. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Order at www.newyorkfed.org/publications .
|American Currency Exhibit
Takes a look back in time at the evolution of money and gives a lesson on how our nation’s history is closely tied with our currency. An accompanying teacher’s guide is available on the web site. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Available online at www.sf.frb.org/currency .