Grades K-2 and K-3

Grades K-2

K thru 2 Can do! Math and Economics

This guide was developed to provide developmentally appropriate lessons for students in Kindergarten through second grade. The lessons are active, varied and written to appeal to young students.

Grade level: K-2
Publisher: Economics Arkansas
Year: 2008
Type: Lesson Plans
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Personal Finance Economics: Pocketwise

Series of high quality instructional materials that assist all students, kindergarten through grade twelve, in making better decisions as spenders, savers, borrowers, and managers of money.

Grade level: K-12
Publisher: NCEE
Year: 1996
Type: Lesson Plans
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Personal Finance Economics: Pocketwise

The purpose of this book is to provide primary students with learning experiences that focus on personal finance and money management. To enhance young students’ abilities to make decisions concerning personal finance, the lessons build on economic concepts. The important economic concepts for primary students in these lessons are scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, wants, consumer, goods, services, and money. The concepts recur in several lessons. Other concepts which appear less often include: interdependence, human capital, work, and price.

Grade level: K-2
Publisher: NCEE
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Type: Lesson Plans
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Financial Fitness for Life: Pocket Power

Consists of high-quality materials that assist students from kindergarten to grade 12 in making better decisions for earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing their money

Grade level: K-2
Publisher: NCEE
Year: 2001
Type: Lesson Plans
Quantity: 5

FOCUS: Grades K-2 Economics

A core publication of the NCEE. This curriculum prepares students for study in economics, an essential life skills too often overlooked in elementary classroom.

Grade level: K-2
Publisher: NCEE
Year: 2007
Type: Lesson Plans
Quantity: 7

Grades K-3

Apple Picking Time

This is the story of a young girl who spends a whole day picking apples with her family and other workers. It is both a tradition and a necessity for the community to help bring in the autumn harvest. This book will help students demonstrate an understanding of the historical development and current status of economic principles, institutions, and process needed to be effective citizens, consumers, and workers in American society.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Crown Publishers
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Type: Children’s Lit.
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The Berenstein Bears and Mama’s New Job

A mama bear opens a quilt shop and the whole bear family must make adjustments utilizing the following economic terms: entrepreneurship, products, producers, consumers, resources, specialization, scarcity, opportunity costs, interdependences, and costs.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Random House
Year: 1984
Type: Children’s Lit.
Quantity: 5

A Chair for My Mother

A little girl’s family looses furniture in a fire and saves money to buy a new chair for the mother and experiences the following economic concepts: choices, opportunity cost, scarcity, wants, alternatives, benefits, and costs.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Year: 1982
Type: Children’s Lit.
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Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Alexander and his money are quickly parted, yet he realizes there are many things a dollar can buy; therefore, he experiences the following economic concepts: spending, saving, money, opportunity cost, income, banks, and interest.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Year: 1978
Type: Children’s Lit.
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Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
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Type: Children’s Lit.
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Curious George Takes a Job

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 1947
Type: Children’s Lit.
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Dragon’s Decide: A Free Enterprise Coloring Book

Combination story and coloring book is designed for children in primary grades and is a tool for introducing students to basic economic concepts. Book can be used to teach most of the SOLs in economics for grades K-3

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Virginia Housing Development Authority
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Type: Coloring Book and Teacher’s Guide
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The Econ Song Book: Old Tunes with an Economics Twist

Collection of 15 songs about economic concepts sung to the sound of old tunes. Songs are correlated to the Virginia SOLs in Economics.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Martha Hopkins
Year: 1997
Type: Song Book
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The Giving Tree

Once there was a tree…Everyday a boy named Shel Silverstein would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches or slide down her trunk, and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older, he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Type: Children’s Lit.
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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

If you take a mouse to the movies, he will ask you for some popcorn. When you give him the popcorn, he will want to string it all together. Then he will want to hang it on a Christmas Tree that you will have to buy him one…This book illustrates a great example of an economic principle known as wants vs. needs.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Type: Children’s Lit.
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Just Shopping With Mom

A critter family goes on a shopping trip and becomes consumers while experiences economic concepts such as goods, services, choices, benefits, and costs.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Golden Book
Year: 1989
Type: Children’s Lit.
Quantity: 2

Mice are Nice

If you want the perfect pet, mice are what you need to get. Find out why mice make the best pets in this funny, rhyming story.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Random House
Year: 1999
Type: Children’s Lit.
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On Market Street

A boy gets some money and goes shopping for many goods from A to Z learning the meaning of goods and economic wants.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Year: 1981
Type: Children’s Lit.
Quantity: 2

The Purse

A girl who likes to hear her money make noise in a metal box buys a purse and then earns money to go in the purse experiencing the following economic concepts: opportunity cost, markets, income, price, services, goods, and money.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 1986
Type: Children’s Lit.
Quantity: 2

Frankly, Frannie: Funny Business

The Millers are off to Orlando, the good-time capital of the world. But forget theme parks and beaches-it’s what’s happening inside their hotel that seems a lot more fun to Frannie. There’s a real live business conference taking place. And if Frannie plays her cards right she might actually snag herself an invitation . . . to be the keynote speaker!

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap
Year: 2011
Type: Book
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Colonial Voices, Hear Them Speak

Follow an errand boy through colonial Boston as he spreads word of rebellion.
It?s December 16, 1773, and Boston is about to explode! King George has decided to tax the colonists? tea. The Patriots have had enough. Ethan, the printer’s errand boy, is running through town to deliver a message about an important meeting.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
Year: 2008
Type: Book
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We’re Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey through Egypt

There is so much in store on this incredible journey – enormous statues and temples, the legendary Sphinx, tombs and mummies, and of course the Great Pyramids. With seven exciting destinations, a god or goddess on each page, and informative notes at the end, you will be an Egypt expert in no time!

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Year: 2007
Type: Book
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The Scrambled States of America

This is a book that makes learning geography fun. Laurie Keller’s unique idea of each state having its own personality is both comical and creative. It brings together colorful illustrations and a geography lesson, which facilitates the learning process of memorizing the names and shapes of different states.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company LLC
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Type: Children’s Lit.
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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Year: 2010
Type: Book
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Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression

Through Longfellow?s engaging rhymes, children follow Paul Revere on his fateful ride through the Massachusetts countryside on the eve of the first battle of the American Revolution.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Year: 1997
Type: Book
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100 Most Destructive Natural Disasters

Gigantic, powerful, devastating–these are the 100 most destructive natural disasters ever.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 2014
Type: Book
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Disaster Strikes: Earthquake Shock

When disaster strikes, the only thing you can count on is yourself! It had seemed like the perfect California day. But as Joey Flores walked home from the skate park with his friends, the ground began to tremble, and Joey knew they were headed for trouble….

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 2014
Type: Book
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I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005

The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry’s family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry’s little sister gets terribly sick, they’re forced to stay home and wait out the storm.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 2011
Type: Book
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Something From Nothing

A modern adaptation of this favorite Jewish folktale describes how the blanket grandfather had made for young Joseph is transformed over the years into a jacket, a button, and, ultimately, a story.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 1992
Type: Book
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Petonomics: The Purr-fect Economics Primer

These are the “Purr-fect” lessons to get your students ready for the Standards of Learning test. The unit has a pet friendly theme young children will love. Students will learn the D.O.G.S. model of economic decision making to help them make good choices, like picking the perfect pet and discovering what goods and services are needed to own a pet. Laugh along as Alex tries to convince his mother that he is responsible enough for a pet iguana. Economic concepts covered include choice, scarcity, opportunity cost, goods and services, resources, wants vs. needs, specialization, consumers, producers, and more. Children’s literature books and cooperative learning are incorporated into each lesson.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Longwood University Center for Economic Education
Year: 2006
Type: Lesson Plans
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Personal Finance Economics: Smart Spending and Saving

This book is designed to help students in grades 3-5 make better decisions as spenders, savers, borrowers, and managers of money. The learning experiences focus on personal finance and money management. The 10 lessons are divided into 4 units focusing on children making spending decisions, saving decisions, borrowing decisions, and money management decisions.

Grade level: 3-5
Publisher: NCEE
Year: 1997
Type: Lesson Plans
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