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Resources for Teaching K-5 Economics
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Here are many online teaching resources for elementary grades and useful web sites for economics. See also our online lessons page.

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Level Resource Description
K-2
3-5
Kindergarten - Sixth Grade Learning Goals GUIDE: Social studies learning goals in economics for District K-6 expressed in terms that are appropriate for presentation at the designated grade level
K-5 Curriculum Planning Guide for Nebraska Schools GUIDE: Planning guide is designed to help educators target the economic concepts that should be introduced in the elementary (K-6) grades. The concepts are based on national voluntary standards and can easily be used as districts and teachers revise their curriculum to meet standards.
K-2
3-5
Evidence of Student Learning GUIDE: Suggested evidence of student learning and activities, based on NCEE's A Framework for Teaching Basic Concepts
K-2
3-5
Nebraska Social Studies/Economics Standards and Business Education Essential Learnings STANDARDS: Includes Online Lessons and references to many other lessons! This page links to the Nebraska standards that have economics content and provides many ready-to-use lessons for each standard. Some of the lessons are available online here (see below), all are available on the EconomicsAmerica (see below) Virtual Economics CD-ROM.
K-2
3-5
Nebraska Social Studies/Economics Standards STANDARDS: Nebraska standards in social studies, including economics.
K-5 Curriculum Standards by Subject from McRell STANDARDS: K-12 Standards for many areas from the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL). The NCEE's recently issued Voluntary National Content Standards are used as the basis for the economics page of standards and benchmarks.
K-2
3-5
Nebraska and the World CURRICULUM: "Nebraska and the World" is a resource guide and ten lessons for teachers focusing on the role of international trade in state development in Nebraska. The document, including all lessons, is available online in Adobe Acrobat format (4.0 or higher).
K-2
3-5
KidsEcon.com from DeVon Yoho CURRICULUM: This site from DeVon Yoho at Ball State University is building wonderful interactive economics lessons for kids. The first lesson builds on an excellent video (quicktime needed) to teach a lesson on decisionmaking.
K-2
3-5
Wishes and Rainbows: Federal Reserve Bank, Boston (.pdf, 461KB) CURRICULUM: This PDF document "Road to Roota" is the Teacher's Guide to classroom use of Wishes and Rainbows booklet from Federal Reserve bank of Boston. A captivating fairy tale to teach economics to elementary school students. Includes a student glossary of economics terms, discussion questions by student age group, activities, and the "color money" game.
K-2
3-5
Online Economics Lessons and Activities CURRICULUM: This page has economics lessons (text format with some graphics) for all grade levels, keyed to National and Nebraska standards, ready to use in your class.
K-2
3-5
Online Lessons from the Virtual Economics Companion CURRICULUM: Many more economics lessons (Acrobat PDF format) listed by class level.
K-2
3-5
Virtual Economics Web Companion CURRICULUM: PDF Files: You will need Adobe Acrobat reader installed in your browser for the following links marked .pdf. The Acroread reader software is free from Adobe or is already on your system if you use the Virtual Economics CD-ROM.
K-2
3-5
EdHelper.com CURRICULUM: Over 1,000 Webquests and 6,200 Lesson Plans. This includes tons of Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and many more resources.
K-2
3-5
EconomicsAmerica Web Site CURRICULUM: Includes A Framework for Teaching Basic Economic Concepts with Scope and Sequence Guidelines, K-12, the National Economics Standards, information about the Virtual Economics CD-ROM, and new lessons appearing weekly on EconEdLink!
K-5 Junior Achievement CURRICULUM: Junior Achievement (JA) is nationwide group of volunteers, educators, parents, and contributors who reach out with a information about free enterprise to nearly 4 million students, each year, in grades K-12. Junior Achievement (JA) is nationwide group of volunteers, educators, parents, and contributors who reach out with a information about free enterprise to nearly 4 million students, each year, in grades K-12.
K-2
3-5
Online lessons from James Madison Univ. CURRICULUM: More online lessons, these for all levels and cataloged by level from Martha Hopkins at James Madison University
K-2
3-5
Suggestions for Creating Web Lessons and Activities CURRICULUM: The web is bursting with information, but how can you put it together into a classroom lesson? This page has some suggestions based on resources here or linked from here.
K-5 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Econ Exercise CURRICULUM: In this Web-based exploration, your objective is to investigate the issues concerning the relocation of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
K-5 Economics and Geography Web Mysteries CURRICULUM: Eric Enholm's clever web adventures for grades 4-11. Learn about currencies of other countries, exchange rates, plus all sorts of other things international. Check out "The Gang of 15" and other travel and currency mysteries!
K-2
3-5
Curricular Materials from Missouri-St. Louis Center for Economic Education CURRICULUM: Descriptions of Curricular Materials from University of Missouri-St. Louis Center for Economic Education
K-2
3-5
Foundation for Teaching Economics CURRICULUM: Offers workshops to introduce young people to economics and help economics teachers become more effective educators.
K-5 Educational Classroom Resources for Teachers CURRICULUM: Presents a variety of lesson plans and incorporates new ideas and activities to help students connect with the material in a real way, and make learning a life long process.
K-2
3-5
Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis CURRICULUM: Offers resources to help your elementary, middle-school and high-school students learn more about money and banking, economics, personal finance, history, the Federal Reserve, and economics and geography.
K-2
3-5
Teach-nology.com CURRICULUM: Features over 2,000 free math printables that range in skill from grades K-12.
K-5 Entrepreneurship Education, the NE Dept of Education CURRICULUM: The Nebraska Department of Education provides statewide curriculum support, technical assistance, and professional development for entrepreneurship educators and entrepreneurship advocates. See the link "Instructor Resources" for lots of lessons and materials.
K-5 Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis CURRICULUM: Resources to help your elementary, middle-school and high-school students learn more about money and banking, economics, personal finance, history, the Federal Reserve, and economics and geography.
K-2
3-5
LearnEcon CURRICULUM: A global resource for students of economics. It can be used by students to enhance learning or by teachers to add depth of real-world examples to their curriculum. Also connected to a full free 28 film supplement for teaching economics.
K-5 Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Personal Finance 101 CURRICULUM: Personal Finance 101 provides quick answers to frustrating personal finance questions that pop up now and again.
K-2
3-5
EconEdLink--National Council GENERAL: Numerous lessons and teaching materials keyed to National Economics Standards
K-2
3-5
Federal Reserve Education Web GENERAL: Comprehensive portal to the Fed's extensive economic education resources.
K-5 Kids Search GENERAL: Kids Tools for Searching the Internet. Several search engines that search for words in sites that have been reviewed as OK for kids.
K-2
3-5
Test your Economics IQ GENERAL: DeVon Yoho's neat "Test Your Economic IQ" page (Ball State University)
K-5 "Classroom Connect" GENERAL: Information on How to Cite Internet Sources. If your students are using Internet sources of information in their work, they (and you) need to learn how to properly cite this material in their bibliographies.
K-5 Education World GENERAL: Education search engine sponsored by B.E.S.T. education search engine.
K-5 Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition GENERAL: The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition is designed to help teachers improve the economic and business literacy of secondary-school students. The Classroom Edition provides curriculum materials in a variety of disciplines, including economics, business, social studies, government, marketing, management, vocational education, family and life sciences, consumer education and careers. Includes information for students, teacher guides, and videos.
K-5 Homework Central GENERAL: lots of information about teaching economics (and also lots of ads).
K-2
3-5
AIT's Economics at Work Forum. GENERAL: Go to the "Forum" page for Assignment: The World, Economics at Work, Mathematics Is Elementary, and other great information.
K-5 Demographic Profiles of US States, Cities, Towns GENERAL: Demographic Profiles of Cities and States are available for states, metro areas, counties, and cities.
K-5 Smithsonian Institute for Teachers GENERAL: Smithsonian Institute resources for teachers
K-5 KidsEcon Posters project, Indiana Council GENERAL: 22 colorful economic posters, each describing an important economic concept identified in the National Standards in Economics and in most state Standards.
K-5 Whitehouse Online GENERAL: The White House Web site provides text of releases on economic policy, environmental policy, foreign affairs, jobs, healthcare, science and technology, and other current news items. The speeches of the president, proposed budget for 1996 are also on this site.
K-5 Gateway to Educational Resources GENERAL: Access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet (not only economics)
K-2
3-5
Online MBA GENERAL: Well Rounded Business Major – 50 Sites to Expand Your Horizons
K-5 Search Engine for Kids GENERAL: Indexes websites that are safe and useful for kids
K-2
3-5
Take the Great National (Nebraska) Economics Quiz GENERAL: A short (15 question) quiz taken from a national poll to test the national knowledge of economics. Test your own knowledge and compare your score to the national averages.
K-5 ESU3 (Educational Service Unit #3) Home Page GENERAL: Resources for education from an education service unit in NE.
K-5 CIA World Fact Book GENERAL: The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
K-2
3-5
Great Sample Resumes GENERAL: Scores of professional sample resumes to help you create and customize your own winning resume.
K-5 Ask Dr. Econ GENERAL: Ask a question to an economist online, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
K-5 Department of Education SOCIAL STUDIES: Social Studies on AskEric. Learn about the programs, people, publications, and funding opportunities from the Department of Education.
K-5 AskEric Lesson Plans SOCIAL STUDIES: You will find lesson plans for social studies topics here. Use the search to help, for example "economics" and "lessons".
K-5 Einet Galaxy Social Sciences Educational Web SOCIAL STUDIES: Einet is a huge source for information on education, with topics such as curriculum and instruction, adult education, higher education, K12, history and philosophy, and much more.
K-5 KidsWeb SOCIAL STUDIES: A World Wide Web digital library for school kids from all over the world. Site includes links for kids by subject categories: Arts, Social Sciences, etc.
K-5 ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education SOCIAL STUDIES: The ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education (ERIC/ChESS) is one of the 16 subject specialty clearinghouses in the ERIC system. ERIC/ChESS monitors issues about the teaching and learning of history, geography, civics, economics, and other subjects in the social studies/social sciences.
K-5 Yahoo Social Sciences and Economics Sections SOCIAL STUDIES: Index and search engine for Economics pages of Yahoo.
K-5 Social Science Resources HomePage SOCIAL STUDIES: Social science resources and organizations in Nebraska and elsewhere from NE Department of Education.
K-5 Social Studies Curriculum SOCIAL STUDIES: Descriptions of Social Studies Curriculum covering American History, World History, Government, Economics, Geography, Current Events, and Behavioral Sciences.
K-5 for kids MONEY: Information from the U.S. treasure house of museums.
K-5 History of Money MONEY: Money - Past, Present & Future: Sources of Information on the History of Money, Contemporary Developments, and the Prospects for Electronic Money.
K-5 American Currency Exhibit MONEY: Money hasn't always looked like it does today. Explore the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit online and watch history come alive as you step back in time to our nation's beginning. Learn how our country's rich history is closely tied with our currency. Discover the role the Federal Reserve has played--and continues to play--in that history.
K-2
3-5
The International Money Museum from University of Missouri-Kansas City MONEY: The International Money Museum is an interdisciplinary teaching unit designed to stimulate students’ interest in exploring and understanding our global economy. Examining international coins and currencies sparks students’ interest in the countries of the world. Student outcomes and sample activities are also described.
K-2
3-5
My Money (for elementary level), Fed Reserve Bank, Richmond (.pdf, 498KB) MONEY: Teaches students in elementary and middle school about money. Lessons and classroom procedures provided, discussion materials, evaluation exerceses, etc.
K-5 History of Money Museum MONEY: A virtual museum about money in civilization, from antiquity to the present. Very well done clever format.
K-2
3-5
Federal Reserve Bank "Woodrow," Minneapolis MONEY: All kinds of good ideas and curriculum materials for teaching economics!
K-5 More Stock Market Game Page FINANCE: This document describes other SMG and stock information links, useful if you are in the Stock Market Game or the Stock Market Reality!
K-5 Stock Quotes (15 minute delay) FINANCE: Quoteserver provides free quotes (just type in the ticker symbol of the stock you are interested in). Also found here are investment tools and the current NASDAQ Composite Index data.
K-5 Investor Protection Trust FINANCE: Dedicated to non-commercial investor education. Many "how to" pages, section for young people, and a quiz on your IQ (Investment Quotient), ending with national survey results and discussion.
K-5 The National SMS Web FINANCE: The National Stock Market Simulation (SMS from StockTrak) is a tool that teachers can use to help instruct their students in the world of economics,finance, current events, math,social studies, and technology. K-12 students use this in class under the auspices of their teacher for guided learning. The National Stock Market Simulation (SMS from StockTrak) is a tool that teachers can use to help instruct their students in the world of economics,finance, current events, math,social studies, and technology. K-12 students use this in class under the auspices of their teacher for guided learning.
K-5 Money Management International FINANCE: These resources are designed to provide educators with strategies for teaching personal finance education in the classroom. Includes lesson plans designed for use in grades 3 - 6. These lessons teach personal finance concepts through the use of children's trade books. A new lesson will appear every month.
K-5 The SMG2000 Web FINANCE: This is The Stock Market Game™ (SMG), the original stock market educational program that stimulates learning about economics, finance, and the American economic system. K-12 students use this in class under the auspices of their teacher for guided learning about economics.
K-5 Yahoo Finance and Investment FINANCE: Yahoo Finance and Investment References and Guides.
K-5 Kid's Consumer Corner (Also Math) FINANCE: (Done by students) In the past, fiscal responsibility for kids meant making decisions to spend their allowances on comics or bubble gum. Now kids are some of the market's most important consumers and their fiscal responsibilities appear to be greater than ever. Have your students study up on basic calculations along with lessons on consumer prudence by visiting this hands-on site. papers.
K-5 Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy FINANCE: Coalition’s direct objective is to encourage curriculum enrichment to insure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience.
K-5 Banking on Kids FINANCE: Showcases how simple it is to teach "banking concepts" to very young children by opening a bank within an elementary school. The cost of the program is meant to be cosponsored by a local financial institution.
K-5 Personal Finance Library FINANCE: Lots of information about things like IRAs, retirement planning, buying a car on the Internet, tips on helping kids save, etc.
K-5 National Financial Services Personal Finance FINANCE: National Financial Services Network Personal Finance has information about loans (home, car, education), consumer credit, insurance, securities, savings accounts, electronic banking, and personal Finance Software. Also searches for best rates by state.
K-5 US Securities and Exchange FINANCE: What Every Investor Should Know (from the US Securites and Exchange Commission).
K-5 Basics of Investing FINANCE: A guide for educators from Nasdaq and NICE: financial decisions, how markets work, investment choices, etc. Also includes lessons for educators to use.
K-5 Kiplinger Online FINANCE: Kiplinger Online calculators for financial decisions. Take a look at the page for college financing, too!.
K-5 Consumer Utilities Handbook FINANCE: While the handbook is geared toward electric, water, telephone, and gas utility customers, it contains practical home economics information useful to consumers. Topics include avoiding telephone scams such as slamming and cramming, reducing junk mail, deciphering utility bills, reading gas/electric/water meters, energy/water conservation, and more. Also offers a glossary of terms.
K-5 Keyed to K-2 math standards FINANCE: Using Personal Finance lessons (NCEE materials) to teach mathematics:
K-5 Keyed to 3-5 math standards FINANCE: Using Personal Finance lessons (NCEE materials) to teach mathematics:
K-5 Keyed to 6-8 math standards FINANCE: Using Personal Finance lessons (NCEE materials) to teach mathematics:
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3-5
MYSYMP: My Stock Market Power FINANCE: Contains dozens of articles providing you with definitions of basic investing terminology and an overview of online trading.
K-5 Investment Glossary FINANCE: Large and very comprehensive glossary of investor words.
K-5 Wise Pockets FINANCE: This colorful and artistic site is a great place for kids, parents, and teachers to learn about managing money. From the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
K-5 The Mint FINANCE: This site includes a wide range of interesting information on managing money.
K-5 National Institute for Consumer Education FINANCE: The National Institute for Consumer Education, from the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University, is a professional development center and resource clearinghouse in consumer, economic and personal finance education. The mission of NICE is to empower people through education to become informed consumers, reasoned decision makers and participating citizens in a global marketplace. This site has some very nice lessons on consumer issues, such as college financial aid, student budgets, saving for college education, etc.
K-5 Graphs of stocks FINANCE: This site has nice graphs of price and volume of stock market outcomes.
K-5 It All Adds Up FINANCE: A very clever multimedia site teaching Personal Finance issues: credit card, buying a car, and more.
K-5 Federal Budget Java Site by Kowal Design MACRO: Contains a simple, neat, point-and-click presentation
K-5 The CIA World Factbook INTERNATIONAL: Follow the links to the CIA Factbook. The CIA Factbook is a wonderful source of information about the world's countries: their geography, people, government, economy, transportation, communications, and defense (by country). You can also get a GIF file of each country's flag.
K-5 EconoFinance Currency Converter INTERNATIONAL: The exchange rates of currencies are presented in terms of the currency you choose.
K-5 City.Net: International Guide to Communities around the World INTERNATIONAL: City.Net is a comprehensive international guide to communities around the world. City.Net provides timely access to information on travel, entertainment, and local business, plus government and community services for all regions of the world. A great source for information about other countries and cities.
K-5 How much is that worth today? INTERNATIONAL: Comparing the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies)from 1720 to any other year including the present. Give your students a perspective on prices and purchasing power in the past.
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3-5
Bouyant Economics INTERNATIONAL: Focuses on several international and macro topics, money and inflation, debt, exchange rates and more.
K-5 Bloomberg Currency Converter INTERNATIONAL: The exchange rates of currencies are presented in terms of the currency you choose.
K-5 The Universal Currency Converter INTERNATIONAL: The exchange rates of currencies are presented in terms of the currency you choose.
K-5 Currency Converter INTERNATIONAL: The exchange rates of currencies are presented in terms of the currency you choose.
K-5 History and Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers HISTORY: Sections with links for history, economics, geography, etc.
K-5 Small Business Entrepreneurs ENTREPRENEUR: The purpose of this web site is to provide would-be and start-up entrepreneurs with some handy tools and resources to make the task of planning and starting a small business easier. This site has also been designed for the purpose of promoting small business information and planning electronic guidebooks.
K-5 Little Entrepreneurs: Business For Kids ENTREPRENEUR: Teaching children about business at a young age is important for the future of business as a whole. When kids are taught the specific lessons of money management and organizational skills, they can not only apply their skills towards building a business for themselves, but they can also apply the skills they have learned to their personal lives. Has lesson plans, money management lesson plans, and business games.
K-5 Web66: Learn to Create a Web Page, and much more TECHNOLOGY: Web66, a name meant to conjure up Route 66 and its role as an artery linking the nation, is full of information for K12 schools, "a highway fashioned from vision and ingenuity." The goals of this project are to help K12 educators learn how to set up their Internet servers, to link Web servers and educators and students, and to help K12 educators find and use appropriate Web resources. As a wonderful bonus, Web66 has the oldest and most comprehensive list of K12 Web servers on the Internet. See what others are doing!
K-5 The Economic Behavior of Children RESEARCH: A site devoted to the study of economic behavior of children, by Bill Harbaugh and Kate Krause. "We believe we can learn a great deal about the economic behavior of adults by studying the development of that behavior in children."
K-5 Journal of Economic Education Web RESEARCH: This is the home page of the leading journal focusing on economic education. Along with information about submission and subscription, tables of content are provided to assist you to find the topic of interest.

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