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Evidence of Student Learning:
Social Studies Learning Goals in Economics

Here are social studies learning goals in economics for K-6 expressed in terms that are appropriate for presentation at the designated grade level. This document was prepared by Mary Lynn Reiser (UNO Center) working with elementary teachers in the Omaha Public Schools. The material was compiled and arranged from the Council for Economic Education curriculum guides, more specifically from the National Council A Framework for Teaching Basic Economics K-12, 1995. Goals are described for the primary grades or for intermediate grades, or more specifically, for

| Kindergarten | First | Second | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth | High School Page |

Suggestions for student evidence of learning are also available for primary grade concepts and for intermediate grade concepts.

If you are the impatient type and you prefer to skip the details, go right to the summary table of concepts.

For the Primary Grades

Kindergarten Key Economic Concepts

    Scarcity- The condition of not being able to have all the goods and services that we want.
    Choice- What someone must make when faced with two or more alternative uses for a resource, also called an economic choice.
    Goods-Objects that can be held or touched that can satisfy people’s wants.
    Services- Activities that can satisfy people’s wants.

First Grade Key Economic Concepts

* Review of Kindergarten Concepts

Second Grade Key Economic Concepts

* Review of concepts from Kindergarten and First grade

Third Grade Key Economic Concepts

* Review of Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Concepts

At this point, you may continue on in this document for economic concepts for the intermediate grades, or go to the summary table of economics concepts or to the evidence of learning for primary grades.

For the Intermediate Grades

Fourth Grade Key Economic Concepts

* Review of all the Primary Concepts

Fifth Grade Key Economic Concepts

* Review of Fourth Grade Concepts

Sixth Grade Key Economic Concepts

* Review of all Primary and Intermediate Concepts


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