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

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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Grades K-3

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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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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The Chocolate Touch

It all started when John found the funny old coin. The man at the candy store was more than glad to trade John a box of chocolates for it. And John loved chocolate more than anything in the world or so he thought...At first, John was disappointed because inside that big box was just one piece of chocolate. But after he ate it, everything tasted like chocolate. That was when John discovered that his chocolate touch was more-much more than he had bargained.

Grade level: K-3
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday
Year: 1996
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... Every day a boy 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 wanted more from the tree. The tree gave and gave. Shel Silverstein has created an enduring and moving parable about love for readers of all ages.

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:
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

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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