Geography Center with Money

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Over several years of teaching Spanish I have collected coins and bills from different Spanish speaking countries. Either someone brings them to me or I collect them during my own travel. I got to a point where I didn't know what to do with them. It occurred to me that I could use them for a center in my class. I laminated all the bills for students to manipulate easily and placed them with the coins in a basket. I printed and laminated maps where all the Spanish speaking countries are listed. 

This is now a center for early finishers or when I do a center-based class. My students really enjoy looking at the different bills and coins, comparing them to the United States bills, and locating the countries on the map. If you don't have real bills, you can print a few from the internet and it will serve the same purpose.

Have fun!


  1. I love this idea! I would maybe add a conversion chart or have an app/website so they can see how much they have in US dollars.

    1. Love it! I will try that next year. To add more to your idea, maybe printing some pages of some menús or supermecardos to show them what they could buy with the money the have. Love it!

  2. Cool idea! I also wonder what to do with all the bills I have. Students love seeing what currency from other countries look like.

  3. I love this idea, especially since my curriculum is changing to a science only approach and I won't have time to teach money. Since I am on a cart, I might put my bills and maps in plastic bags inside a large manila envelope and let kids pull everything out that way. Great idea!


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