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Education & Consumer Resources

Dollars and Cents: Fundamental Facts about U.S. Money provides historical information about U.S. money and describes the types and features of paper money and coins now in circulation. The booklet also tells how currency and coins are made, how money circulates, and how damaged money is redeemed. Also included are tips on how to spot a counterfeit bill and what to do if one comes into your possession. 2004. 20 pages.

Extra Credit is an online newsletter, posting articles six times a year, designed to help teachers looking for timely information on economic and personal finance topics, lesson plans, and ideas for use in the classroom. Each issue also includes a calendar of upcoming teacher workshops or other events sponsored by the Fed or its education partners. Available only online. RSS

A Guide to Your First Bank Account describes the advantages of having a bank account, outlining the types of accounts available and how to open and manage an account. The brochure also answers some basic questions about information security, privacy protection, and banking resources for non-English speakers. 2006.

Katrina's Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane is a free video-based curriculum designed to teach middle school and high school students and their parents the importance of being financially prepared. The curriculum focuses on financial responsibilities such as budgeting, banking, savings, and wise use of credit. The videos, an English/Spanish transcript, and lesson plans can be downloaded or ordered as a DVD/CD set.

Paying for It: Checks, Cash, and Electronic Payments provides information about the most common methods of making payments and describes the Federal Reserve's role in the nation's payment system. The document describes how checks and electronic payments work and discusses how currency is processed and distributed. 2006. Available only online.