Exchange Rate Teacher Resources

As international travel becomes more popular and businesses become more global understanding factors that influence international economics, especially the currency exchange rate, becomes increasingly more important. Activities that focus on the exchange rate, the price of one nation’s currency when valued against another’s, are a great way to prepare 21st century learners for the world they will inherit.

You might introduce a study of exchange rates with a lesson about the types of coins and bills used in different countries. Follow up with a worksheet that asks kids to use the exchange rate to convert U.S. dollars to other currencies and foreign currencies into U.S. dollars. Bring global economics into the classroom with  lessons that asks potential travelers to use exchange rates to compare the cost of bus fares in cities around the world or compare prices in Austria, China, and India.

With an understanding of exchange rates, young economists can examine how money affects global commerce and gain an understanding of the Impossible Trinity, the relationships among exchange rates, interests rates, and money flow.

A great way to end a study of the exchange rate is with this amusing activity that asks students to consider why we even need money.

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Exchange Rates

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Eleven questions make up an eight-page practice exercise that focuses on how to compute exchange rates. Money used is the American dollar, Euro, and British pound. 
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Using Foreign Exchange Rates

For Students 10th - 12th
In this Using Foreign Exchange Rates worksheet, students use tables with exchange rates to calculate answers to problems, then answer questions about what may impact the exchange rate.
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Currency Effect on Trade Review

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
For about the first six minutes Sal reviews the hypothetical global trade scenario from the last video in detail, changing a few numbers to make for a cleaner example. He continues the scenario to demonstrate how the natural ups and...
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Exchange Rate Problems

For Students 8th - 12th
In this economics worksheet, learners respond to 10 short answer and multiple choice questions about exchange rates throughout the world.
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Chapter 28: Exchange Rates, The Balance of Payments, and Trade Deficits

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Bring your class on a trip around the world in this economics presentation, which details international trade and exchange rates. Especially helpful are the clear bullet points, interesting discussion topics, and list of key terms for...
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Family Letter - Foreign Currency and Exchange Rates: Proportions and Ratios

For Students 6th - 8th
In this proportions and ratios worksheet, students solve 6 short answer problems. Students find the foreign currency exchange rates for six countries. Students express the exchange rate as a proportion or ratio.
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Imports, Exports, and Exchange Rates

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Free trade isn't getting something you want without paying for it. High schoolers take a short trip through economics with a video that discussess the ins, outs, and exchanges of international trade.
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International Currency Exchange

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners examine coins from around the world and write down their observations. As a class, they discuss the types of symbols used on the coins from different countries and locate the country on a map. To end the lesson, they calculate...
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International Trade

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Pupils, through lecture and discussion, examine the mechanics of exchange in world markets and then at some of the issues nations face as a result of the international character of trade. They participate in an activity that demonstrates...
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Chinese Central Bank Buying Treasuries

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
The first several minutes of this clip are a review of the hypothetical China-U.S. trade scenario Sal mapped out in previous videos. Then, he begins to further outline how the Yuan can resist appreciation because of interference by the...
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Exchange Students Going to Europe

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work together to plan a trip to Europe. Using the internet, they familiarize themselves with the country they are visiting and list the attractions they want to visit. Using this list, they must determine how much it is going...
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Currency Exchange Introduction

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Learners are introduced to fluctuating currency exchange rates and the role therein of supply and demand. They understand the inverse relationship between supply and price based on these concepts, and view a hypothetical scenario...
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Floating Exchange Resolving Trade Imbalance

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In a hypothetical global trade scenario, Sal lays out an import and export relationship between the United States and China. Through supply and demand logic, he describes a situation where the US dollar would weaken and the Chinese Yuan...
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Understanding the Effects of Currency Exchangerates

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young scholars examine the economic effects of a strong and weak U.S. dollar. They identify the currency used in countries which regularly trade with the U.S., discuss the pros and cons of a strong U.S. dollar, and calculate the prices...
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International Trade Notes Review Worksheet

For Students 11th - 12th
In this economics worksheet, students respond to 14 short answer questions about international trade, tariffs, and exchange rates. 
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Assignment: The “Big Mac” Index

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Young economists learn about the method of predicting changes in the exchange rate with Big Macs in an instructional video. After an understanding the index, learners write a post on a discussion board and respond to class members' posts...
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Money: Bucks, Banks, and Business

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Put economics and currency exchange rates into a real-world application kids can understand. They'll compare bus fares from various cities around the world. Each child selects three international cities to research. They determine the...
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The Euro: Money Changes Everything

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the impact of the euro on nations of the European Union (EU). In this euro lesson, students examine exchange rates within the EU as well as outside the EU in order to better understand the implications of ...
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International Trade

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students make an inquiry of concepts through the answering of a series of questions that cover governmental controls. The concepts of international trade are covered The exchange rates of trade are used and the elemeents appreciation and...
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How Much Is That?

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Given currency exchange rates, globetrotters calculate how much money a set of siblings would have in India, China, and Austria. 
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2005 AP® Macroeconomics Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Suppose a country increases its budget deficit. How would such an increase affect businesses and the exchange rate? Learners consider what happens and ponder other questions from College Board that look at employment, supply and demand,...
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2011 AP® Macroeconomics Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Foreign exchange rates have a ripple effect on economies worldwide. A case study asks scholars to examine what would happen to international investment and capital after tweaking variables that can ricochet around the world. A second...
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2011 AP® Macroeconomics Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Exchange rates are dependent on a variety of factors. Scholars tease out these factors using a prompt from College Board. Another query examines the economic health of a country with barometers such as gross domestic product and wages. A...
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Currency and Exchange Rates

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders share the book, "The Story of Money" and discuss the uses of money, bartering, trade and the history of money. Students discuss various ways of spending: cash, check, debit/credit cards and review the check writing process....

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