This article explains to those skeptics why economics needs to be taught. Many people feel like it should not be taught at a young age, but people like me differ in that opinion. We feel it should be taught at a young age more often so that students can grow up making better and more efficient decisions. We will all be better off (society) if this were to happen.
This resource showing you how to spark student interest and understanding even more by using a puppet. Although I have not used this particular resource yet, I have heard good things about it, which is why I included it in this collection. Elementary age students will be charmed by Herschel, a feisty little puppet dog who thinks he knows a lot about economics, but still has a lot to learn. Dr. Day comes to the rescue and helps Herschel learn about important economic concepts identified in nation
These activity cards are a great way to reinforce the lessons taught on the KidsEcon Posters. My students have used these to play the following card games, but with an economic twist to them: Old Maid (Old Edna), Concentration (EconCentration), Go Fish (Go Econ), Crazy Eights (Crazy Eds). My students love these! All the while, they are learning more about economics.
Economic Songs provide illustrations and explanations of the concepts set to familiar tunes. The words and the tune are provided. The rest is up to you and your students. My students love singing and trying to figure out which concept represents the song. I also use this activity to spark their creativity in creating their own economic song. You should try that with your own students.
Each lesson lists books that you can use to teach or reinforce the concepts. When you go to the Literature Connection, you will find short lessons on each book. The lessons consist of questions – focusing on the economic concepts – that you can ask your students as you read.