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Who Is On Our Money?

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Jerry Strickland


Wilkerson Middle School; Birmingham City Schools


Whose picture is that on our money?  It's an important (although trivial) part of our everyday lives.  Someone at sometime in our history decided these people should be on our currency.  The medium which we use to function on a day to day basis.  If they felt that way, we should at least know the names of our forebearers.  This podcast is just a fun way of identifying the faces on the most common pieces of currency, and some not so common.

Length: 02:14

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SS2010 (1) Living and Working Together in Family and Community and State
10. Describe the role of money in everyday life.
  • Categorizing purchases families make as needs or wants
  • Explaining the concepts of saving and borrowing
  • Identifying differences between buyers and sellers
  • Classifying specialized jobs of workers with regard to the production of goods and services
  • Using vocabulary associated with the function of money, including barter, trade, spend, and save
    SS2010 (11) United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
    2. Evaluate social and political origins, accomplishments, and limitations of Progressivism. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.k.]
  • Explaining the impact of the Populist Movement on the role of the federal government in American society
  • Assessing the impact of muckrakers on public opinion during the Progressive movement, including Upton Sinclair, Jacob A. Riis, and Ida M. Tarbell
  • Examples: women's suffrage, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, temperance movement
  • Explaining national legislation affecting the Progressive movement, including the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act
  • Determining the influence of the Niagara Movement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Carter G. Woodson on the Progressive Era
  • Assessing the significance of the public education movement initiated by Horace Mann
  • Comparing the presidential leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson in obtaining passage of measures regarding trust-busting, the Hepburn Act, the Pure Food and Drug Act, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve Act, and conservation
    SS2010 (12) Economics
    10. Explain the structure, role, and functions of the United States Federal Reserve System.
  • Describing how the United States Federal Reserve System oversees the banking system and regulates the quantity of money in the economy
  • Defining monetary policy
  • Describing how the central bank uses its tools of monetary policy to promote price stability, full employment, and economic growth

    National/Other Standards:

    Money makes it easier to trade, borrow, save, invest, and compare the value of goods and services.

    At the completion of Grade 4, students should know the Grade 4 benchmarks for this standard:

    Money is anything widely accepted as final payment for goods and services.
    Money makes trading easier by replacing barter with transactions involving currency, coins, or checks.
    People consume goods and services, not money; money is useful primarily because it can be used to buy goods and services.
    Producers use natural resources, human resources, and capital goods, (not money) to make goods and services.
    Most countries create their own currency for use as money.


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