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Lesson plans

Teachers: Follow these step-by-step guides to teach your students about the economy.


Grade levels


January 29, 2020

A Bank NOTE-able Canadian

Apply the concept of historical significance to nominate an iconic Canadian for a new bank note. Students will create a design for their proposal.
October 25, 2019

A Noteworthy Woman

Apply the concept of historical significance to examine the bank note featuring Viola Desmond.
October 25, 2021

Assessing the Life Cycle of a Bank Note

Examine the environmental impact of everyday items by assessing the life cycle of a universal product: money.
September 5, 2017

Build a Bank Note: Classroom Resource for Teachers

Teach your students about Canada’s history, land and culture – with money!
May 17, 2021

Counting Money and Making Change

Introduce your Grade 2 students to counting money and forming change combinations. Use these four sets of money math activities individually or in the order listed in this lesson.
Content type(s): Lesson plans Subject(s): Financial literacy, Math Grade level(s): Grade 2
November 27, 2020

Exploring Coins and Bank Notes

Hands filling out a form on a table with art supplies and paper play money.
Explore Canadian money with young learners using our printable worksheets.
Content type(s): Lesson plans Subject(s): Financial literacy, Math, Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 1, Kindergarten
February 11, 2021

Money: Past, Present and Future

Explore the history of money in Canada and around the world using an inquiry approach.
September 26, 2019

Price Check: Inflation in Canada

All about inflation: what it is, what it means and how it's measured. Students will learn how the consumer price index is calculated and create their own student price index to measure the prices that matter most to them.
March 18, 2020

Trade Rules

Introduce three basic economic concepts: consumers and producers, goods and services, and trade. Students will play a game to understand the benefits of trade.
Content type(s): Lesson plans Subject(s): Financial literacy, Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
October 2, 2020

Trading Planets

Take a trade mission to planet Plutopia to discover why trading without a common currency is hard.
December 2, 2019

Trading Up: How Countries Benefit from Freer Trade

Use hands-on activities to explore comparative advantage, opportunity cost and specialization. Students will learn how these key economic concepts help countries benefit from trade.

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