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Teaching K-12 Economics

Found In: mathematics; social studies; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Teaching K-12 Economics provides lessons, projects, and support resources for grades K-5 and 6-12. The resources are keyed to Nebraska and National Standards. Teachers can search by concept, standard, or lesson.

In Saturday Sancocho, (PDF icon PDF, 1.9 MB, 18 pgs.) students in grades 3-5 explore exchange systems when they barter in a trading activity and then use money in a second trading activity to learn about money's advantages over barter. The 18-page lesson is in PDF format and includes activity cards and an assessment tool.

In Give and Take, students in grades 6-8 identify alternative solutions, their trade-offs and their opportunity costs. Students create a graphic to illustrate alternatives and trade-offs. Two visuals and an activity are attached.

In Limiting Trade, students I grades 6-12 debate a new tariff, evaluate arguments for and against it, and apply a model to determine who will benefit and who will be hurt by its imposition. A handout describing various types of trade restrictions and their effects is included as well as suggestions for extension activities.

Using the Internet to Teach Economics: An Idea Page describes cross-curricular web projects for K-12 students in comparative economic systems, Federal Reserve System, currency exchange, stick market, finance, consumer education, and others.

Supporting Resources are available for grades K-5 and grades 6-12. Nebraska teachers will find a Curriculum Planning Guide for Nebraska Schools and other state related materials. An extensive library of other resources covers the history of money, a stock market game page, a consumer utilities handbook, EcoSim: An Interactive Simulation, and more.



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