Wampum: Money vs. Communication

GeoHistory
GeoSTEM
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
Students often have little concept of life “before them.” How did people communicate before cell phones and mass media? How did people purchase items before credit cards and electronic transfers of money? In this lesson, students will read background information about wampum, a string of beads used by Native Americans as a form of currency and communication. Students will also calculate lengths in metric and the customary units.
Author: 
Joanne Munson
Grade Range: 
4-5
Duration: 
1 class period
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Standards
National Geography Standards: 
4: The physical and human characteristics of places
10: The characteristics, distribution and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics
16: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources