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Research images and designs on paper money then print your own personalized paper money.
"Money makes the world go round." Ask students to discuss what they think this well-known saying means. Have students to look at photographs of paper money and identify images and designs on both the front and back of money. Organize students into small groups in order to research the images and designs. Find out what they mean, who the people are that are on various denominations, and why they are recognized in this way.
Provide opportunities for student groups to share their research findings with classmates. Then ask each group to design a new denomination of paper money. Who will they choose to put on the bill? Why? What symbols will they memorialize on their bill? Have students use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to create a draft of their unique bill.
In preparation for creating a printing plate for the original bill, students cut off the edges of a foam produce tray with Crayola® Scissors. Cut a piece of white paper the same size as the printing plate. (This design will be used for printing, so the letters need to be in reverse. Draw with a Crayola black marker so you can see through the other side.)
Turn the paper over and trace the drawing with a colored pencil onto the produce tray. Remove the drawing and use the colored pencil to deepen and widen (or etch) lines in the foam plate.
Students cover work surfaces with recycled newspaper. Empty a small amount of Crayola Washable Finger Paint onto a paper plate. Roll a sponge brayer (foam roller) through the paint to get a thin, even layer.
Roll the finger paint onto the etched printing plate to cover it with a light paint layer. Keep the paint out of the etched lines.
Press a piece of white paper onto the paint-covered printing plate, rub the back with hands, and lift the paper to reveal the print. Repeat as needed, with different colors or designs, after the paint dries.
Use a damp paper towel to clean the plate when done. Trim the bills to the size of money when dry.
Students share their original bills with classmates in small groups settings. Students explain the symbols they placed on their original bills and the team's reasoning behind their choices.
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