USA TODAY Provides Free Standards-Based Resources on 'The New Color of Money'
USA Today and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing have created The New Color of Money, a program of educational resources that raises awareness about the redesigned currency, which can be found online at www.usatoday.com/educate/newmoney/index.htm. The free resources are correlated to national education standards and are available in various formats. An interactive CD-ROM contains activities on the history of currency, plus information about the security features and production process of the redesigned currency. Teachers can also order an activity poster for their classrooms, which includes information on the redesigned currency that drives students to the Web site and CD-ROM.
In addition, USA TODAY has created a series of weekly online lessons that quiz students on current events related to finances. One activity is a currency puzzle challenge where students must search through issues of USA TODAY online for three puzzle pieces. Once they have found and assembled the pieces, the puzzle gives them instructions to other related activities. The site also features an animated tour of the new currency and links to related topics.
This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2004 issue of THE Journal.