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The Classroom Mini-Economy

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.

What Economics is About

Designed for teachers at every grade level and in all disciplines, What Economics Is About is a simple, time-saving way to teach the fundamental economics content every K-12 student needs to know.

This 20-page booklet is loaded with:

  • Economics Vocabulary
  • Illustrations & Diagrams 
  • Additional Resources – 

A one-page overview of ‘What Economics Is About’ gives you a visual roadmap of economics in an easy-to-follow flowchart, and is ideal as an overhead or handout for your students.

Playful Economics

Economics comes alive when kids “play” with modeling clay as they make economic decisions.  Playful Economics is a time-tested method that makes economics accessible to young and mature learners alike!

Classroom Business Enterprise: Economics, Entrepreneurship and More

Classroom business projects have long been a favorite of many teachers.  The purpose of this training program is twofold.  First, it is a “how to” get started with a classroom business.  The training leads teachers in a step-by-step approach with practical instructions to guide students.  Second, this program shows teachers how to use these businesses to teach economics and entrepreneurship more effectively.

A classroom business is not only fun and motivating for students, but a great tool for enhancing and applying basic skills in other areas.

Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature

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.

Energy, Economics and the Enviroment

Issues of energy and the environment are in the news nearly every day.  This curriculum will help teachers educate their students about how to make sense of these complicated issues and become wise consumers, producers, and voting citizens.  The materials includes hands-on activities for making learning about energy and environment, along with economic concepts, relevant and fun!

Pint-size Economics

Half-pint Economics

EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. With over 435 lessons to choose from, teachers can use as many of the lessons as they would like and as often as they would like

Trading Around the World

Discover engaging and effective methods of teaching economic concepts such as international trade, standard of living, and types of economic systems. 

Curriculum Resources

Classroom Mini-Economy

Teaching Economics with Children’s Literature

Playful Economics

What Economics is About

Economics and Entrepreneurship: How to Start a Classroom Business

Trading Around the World


KidsEcon Posters

Smart Indiana – Personal Finance