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The ICEE and University Centers for Economic Education offer opportunities for educators to learn about effective ways of teaching throughout the year. 

To schedule an in-service program for teachers in your school, corporation or area, contact our office at
765-494-8545 or e-mail ICEE Executive Director, Jeff Sanson, at jjsanson@purdue.edu.

Grades K-5

The Classroom Mini-Economy (Grades K-5)

Teachers may have heard about it, but now they can learn about it! This practical workshop on the popular Mini-Economy, a classroom program that simulates real-world economic activity. In a classroom mini-economy, students have jobs and run banks, insurance companies, stores, and businesses. The Mini-Economy involves students in real decision-making and creative thinking - and it is a great motivator! Experienced classroom teachers will give practical advice on starting and expanding a Mini-Economy.

Economics and Children’s Literature (Grades K-5)

Use popular children's stories to integrate fundamental economics and personal finance concepts into elementary school curriculum. For kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Teaching young students basic economic concepts doesn't have to be a fairy-tale. Discover how a collection of traditional children's stories can give classrooms an instant economic boost at an early age and all while infusing more reading comprehension and language art skills into their everyday instruction.

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Economics in Indiana and US History (Grades 4 and 5)

In this workshop, teachers will explore lessons that help students understand how the economic decision-making has affected US History. The focus of this workshop includes concepts that describe economic activities among Native American cultures; help students understand a market economy; and enable them to predict the effect of changes in supply and demand. All lessons are linked to Indiana social studies academic standards.

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Financial Fitness for Life (Grades K-5)

In this workshop, teachers will learn strategies to help their students apply decision-making skills to real-world issues: earning and spending income, establishing savings, the basics of borrowing and managing money. All lessons are linked to academic standards.

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Financial Fitness for Life: The Economic Way of Thinking

12/10/2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – In this economics webinar, learn six basic economic principles to teach personal finance and the process of reasoning. Description An overview of Financial Fitness for Life, Chapter 2: The Economic Way of Thinking. The process of reasoning called “the economic way of thinking” can easily be applied to everyday life choices. Through a six point […]

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Financial Fitness for Life: No Free Lunch in Investing

12/03/2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – In this personal finance webinar, discuss the keys to successful saving and investing via diversity and acceptable risk. Description An overview of Financial Fitness for Life, Chapter 21: There’s No Free Lunch in Investing. Risk is inherent in all investments: some cannot be controlled, others can be managed. The key is to develop a risk-reward […]

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Herschel's World of Economics (Grades 2-5)

Interested in a creative way to introduce basic economics and personal finance to your K-4 students? Then meet Herschel, star of the Herschel’s World of Economics videos! Yes, even the youngest students can learn these vital concepts! Your students will be charmed by Herschel, a feisty puppet dog who only thinks he knows a lot about economics and money management. Dr. Day comes to the rescue to teach Herschel the important economic and personal finance concepts he needs to know.

K-2 Can Do! Math and Economics (Grades K-2)

This workshop is perfect for lower elementary teachers looking for a way to link social studies and math. Each lesson in the K Thru 2 Can Do! Curriculum introduces a basic economic concept that is reinforced with math activities. Learn how to help primary students develop decision making skills while reviewing math skills already taught. Activities feature active learning strategies and are designed specifically with young learners in mind - to be engaging and FUN!

Math and Economics: Connections for Life (Grades 3-5)

In this workshop, teachers will explore ways in which mathematics and economics complement each other and how mathematics processes and concepts can help students understand the basics of economics and personal finance. Teachers don’t need a background in economics to participate in this workshop! The program features standards-focused, teacher-tested activities and ideas for relating economics and personal finance to math. Students will learn to apply their math knowledge to real-life scenarios!

Playful Economics (Grades K-5)

This session will provide teachers and curriculum directors with practical information and ideas for implementing economics into the K-5 curriculum. Teachers will receive a brief overview of the key concepts to teach and then will learn about the six basic ways to teach economics in an elementary classroom.