The Value of a Dollar

A dollar just cannot buy what it used to! Young scholars investigate inflation by researching and graphing data. By tracking the price of different consumables over a century, they create a visual representation of inflation over that time.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the activity to create a double line graph by adding the inflation of a foreign currency
  • Introduce the lesson by tracking the value over time of a common commodity such as a gallon of milk
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils require Internet access to complete the activity
Pros
  • Requires learners to use their analysis to make a conclusion
  • Includes an option for assessment
Cons
  • None