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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-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
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-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
Foundation for Teaching Economics CURRICULUM: Offers workshops to introduce young people to economics and help economics teachers become more effective educators.
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-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 Personal Finance 101 CURRICULUM: Personal Finance 101 - scroll down a bit to get several lesson links.
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-2
3-5
Teach-nology.com CURRICULUM: Features over 2,000 free math printables that range in skill from grades K-12.
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-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-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-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
Council for Economic Education CURRICULUM: The go-to website for K-12 economics standards, tests, and lessons. Be sure to go to EconEdLink under Resources for many free online lessons.
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
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
EconEdLink--Council for Economic Education GENERAL: Many outstanding 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 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 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 Smithsonian Institute for Teachers GENERAL: Smithsonian Institute resources for teachers
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-5 Search Engine for Kids GENERAL: Indexes websites that are safe and useful for kids
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 Ask Dr. Econ GENERAL: Ask a question to an economist online, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
K-5 ESU3 (Educational Service Unit #3) Home Page GENERAL: Resources for education from an education service unit in NE.
K-5 Education World GENERAL: Education search engine sponsored by B.E.S.T. education search engine.
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 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. Requires registering a class.
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 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-5 Smithsonian for Kids MONEY: Information on many educational topics 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-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 Money Café 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 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 Investment Glossary FINANCE: Large and very comprehensive glossary of investor words.
K-5 Stock Quotes from Nasdec 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 Yahoo Finance and Investment FINANCE: Yahoo Finance and Investment References and Guides.
K-5 US Securities and Exchange FINANCE: What Every Investor Should Know (from the US Securites and Exchange Commission).
K-5 Kiplinger Online FINANCE: Kiplinger Online calculators for financial decisions. Take a look at the page for college financing, too!.
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:
K-5 The Nebraska Stock Market Game Web FINANCE: This is Nebraska version of The Stock Market Game™ (SMG), the original stock market educational program that stimulates learning about economics and finance. K-12 students use this in class under the auspices of their teacher for guided learning about economics.
K-5 The Stock Market Game 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 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 Mint FINANCE: This site includes a wide range of interesting information on managing money.
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 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-2
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 Federal Budget Java Site by Kowal Design MACRO: Contains a simple, neat, point-and-click presentation (but uses old data)
K-5 How much is that worth today? INTERNATIONAL: Comparing the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies)from 1774 to any other year including the present. Give your students a perspective on prices and purchasing power in the past.
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 Currency Converter INTERNATIONAL: The exchange rates of currencies are presented in terms of the currency you choose.
K-2
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 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 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 Research in Economic Education Database RESEARCH: Searchable database for researchers in economic education maintained by William Walstad at the National Center for Research in Economic Education at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
K-5 Review of Economics Software RESEARCH: The Research in Economic Education Database (REED) includes software reviews.
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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