Money and Mathematics
A resource well known to teachers, students... and even parents!
#ESTUDOEMCASA (Home Study) will live long in the memory of children and young people, and its merit and effectiveness are undeniable. The lesson “Let's go shopping” carries right in its title the wish to intersect its contents with the everyday life of the students. Euro coins and banknotes are presented and then used in calculations suitable for the maths programme of the 3rd and 4th grade.
Video “Money” available at: https://estudoemcasa.dge.mec.pt/aula/matematica/3o-e-4o/3 (in Portuguese)
and exercise “Let’s calculate?” (PDF) (in Portuguese)
“Troco por Trocas”
Would you like to learn about money stories and curiosities?
How did banks start? What is a direct exchange? Who invented the piggy bank? Are there only round coins? Do you know the name of the first Portuguese coin? Is silent trade possible? When did we start using euro coins and banknotes? And much more...
In partnership with Radio ZigZag of the RTP group, the Money Museum developed “Troco por trocas”, a children’s radio show that tells many short stories about money and some curiosities.
“Troco por trocas” (podcasts), available here: http://www.rtp.pt/play/zigzag/p5074/troco-por-trocas
4 key concepts: savings, need, income and spending
Do you know what a piggy bank is used for? Have you got one?
If you know but don’t have one yet, maybe it’s time. Find out the origin of the Portuguese word mealheiro (piggy bank) or why the most typical piggy banks are pig-shaped. And also, how to make one!
The word mealheiro comes from the first Portuguese coins: dinheiros. When someone needed half the value of 1 dinheiro, they cut the coin in half. Those halves were called mealhas! And the word mealha gave origin to the word mealheiro (piggy bank). The old terracotta piggy bank is like a small safe, which originally had no key or code, like some we have at home. In the past, to get coins out of a piggy bank, we had to smash it!
No one knows for sure, but pig-shaped piggy banks originated from Germany and England about 300 years ago. In England, mealheiro is called piggy-bank. But why the shape of a pig? Because this animal and its meat were and still are essential to some cultures, as a source of food, and as such they hold a lot of value.
“How to make a piggy bank” (PDF) (in Portuguese)
“Financial education - Booklet 1” (PDF), available at: https://www.todoscontam.pt/sites/default/files/SiteCollectionDocuments/CadernoEducaoFinanceira1.pdf (in Portuguese)
Educational Resources online
>Theme: Savings, need, income and spending
>“How to make a piggy bank” (PDF), “Financial education - Booklet 1” (PDF)
>1st stage of basic education (3rd and 4th Grade) and 2nd stage of basic education (+8 years old)
>Sources: Money Museum, Financial Education Reference Framework < https://www.todoscontam.Pt/Pt-Pt/Caderno-De-Educacao-Financeira-1 >
Lady Pandemic (“pandemia”) and Lady Economy (“economia”): a duo that has more than one syllable in common
Recently, two words have joined our vocabulary: pandemic and economy. But it is not easy to explain to children what one has to do with the other.
To lend a hand, by using a short story, the Money Museum has turned two tricky themes - pandemic and economy - into simple and accessible words, suitable for children.
“Lady Pandemic and Lady Economy: a duo that has more than one syllable in common” (PDF) (in Portuguese)
Educational Resources online
· >Theme: Pandemic and Economy
>“Lady Pandemic and Lady Economy: A duo that has more than one syllable in common” (PDF)
>1st stage of basic education (3rd and 4th Grade), 2nd stage of basic education (+7 years old)
>Source: Money Museum
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