Grades K-5, K-6, and Others 6 and Below

Grades K-5

Chocolate Economics

Collection of 10 lessons using chocolate to teach basic economic concepts: scarcity, economic decisions, choices, exchange and trade, production, specialization, the circular flow, entrepreneurship, marketing a product, and covering production costs.

Grade level: K-5
Publisher: M&M Publishing Company
Year: 2001
Type: Lesson Plans
Quantity: 2

Econ and Me

Five 15-minute video programs and 44 activities help students understand basic economic concepts including scarcity, opportunity cost, consumption, production, and interdependence.

Grade level: K-5
Publisher: Agency for Instructional Technology
Year: 1989
Type: Teacher's Guide and Video
Quantity: 4

Literature Lessons in Economics & Geography

Nine lessons address SOLs in economics and geography through popular Children's Literature books and hands-on activities.

Grade level: K-5
Publisher: Barbara S. Yingling
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Zooconomy

This short, simple video relates to an economy and its component through a zoo. It relates to unlimited wants, animal displays, concessions, special attractions, limited resources (land, labor, capital), decisions, opportunity, costs, and scarcity.

Grade level: K-5
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Grades K-6

Around the World the ECON way! Economics, Geography, and Children's Literature Grades K-6

This unit uses wonderful pieces of Children's Literature to weave geography and economics together in meaningful ways. Students will "book a trip around the world" to discover that people all over the world are buyers and sellers, that resources are combined to produce goods and services, that people have been trading to get what they want for centuries, and much more!

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: M&M Publishing Company
Year: 2001
Type: Lesson Plans
Quantity: 3

The Babe & I

It's 1932 and hard times are upon everyone. The Great Depression has made jobs scarce and money hard to come by. But life isn't so terrible. America still loves baseball, and Babe Ruth is the star of the game. And two boys are about to discover that with some creativity, hard work, and a little help from the Babe himself, they can do their part to help out their own team!

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Voyager Books
Year: 1999
Type: Children's Lit.
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Beatrice's Goat

An impoverished family begins to flourish after receiving a special gift--of the four-legged variety--in this uplifting picture book set in western Uganda. Beatrice longs to attend school with other village children, but instead she must tend her five younger siblings and help her mother in the fields. Everything starts to change, however, when Beatrice and her family receive a goat, "a lucky gift," says her mother, from a charitable organization.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Year: 2001
Type: Children's Lit.
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Bunny Money

It's Grandma's birthday, and Ruby knows exactly what Grandma would love- a beautiful ballerina box. Max also knows what she'd love- a scary pair of ooey-gooey vampire teeth. Ruby has saved up a walletful of bills, but as unexpected mishap after mishap occurs, money starts running through the bunnies' fingers…Will they have enough left for the perfect present?

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Puffin Books
Year: 1997
Type: Children's Lit.
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Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

Before England's King George III was king, he was just plain George- a bashful boy who blushed easily. But by the time he was twenty-two, George was a king, and he tried his hardest to be a good one. That meant marrying a princess, having sixteen kids, and being very careful with his country's money. He taxed the Americans so that England would have enough, but that was the end of good King George as far as the Americans were concerned.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Year: 1977
Type: Children's Lit.
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Charlie Needs A Cloak

Charlie needs a cloak, and this book tells the story, from start to finish, of how he goes about to make one. It takes readers through the year, From spring sheep shearing through sewing by the winter fire, showing Charlie going through each step to create his own cloak from raw materials.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Year: 1973
Type: Children's Lit.
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Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians

What's so great about corn? Popcorn, corn on the cob, cornbread, tacos, tamales, and tortillas. All of these and many other good things come from one amazing plant. Aliki tells the story of corn: How Native American farmers thousands of years ago found and nourished a wild grass plant and made it an important part of our lives. They learned the best ways to grow and store and use its fat yellow kernels. And then they shared this knowledge with the new settlers of America.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher
Year: 1976
Type: Children's Lit.
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The Day of Ahmed's Secret

As young Ahmed delivers butane gas to customers all over the city of Cairo, he thinks, I have a secret. All day long, as he maneuvers his donkey cart through streets crowded with cars and camels, down alleys filled with merchants' stalls, and past buildings a thousand years old, Ahmed keeps his secret safe inside. It is so special, so wonderful, that he can reveal it only to his family, only when he returns home, only at the end of the day.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Mulberry Books
Year: 1990
Type: Children's Lit.
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The Double Life of Pocahontas

This book dispels myths and describes with immediacy the life of a girl whose active conscience made her a pawn, exploited by her own people and the white world.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Puffin Books
Year: 1987
Type: Children's Lit.
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Economics and Children's Literature

Lessons in this book were planned so that teachers could present economics concepts found in popular primary storybooks in a hands-on, active-learning format.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: SPEC
Year: 1998
Type: Lesson Plans
Quantity: 6

Farming

Life on the farm is a mode of existence most people take for granted. Gibbons depicts aspects of that life with her characteristic bright colors and stylized forms in a conceptual space that is intended to portray not one particular farm but a universal one. Every season brings its own specific chores, indoors and out, its own crops and its own food.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Year: 1988
Type: Children's Lit.
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Funny Money

Money is usually serious, but it can be fun, too. Here are some jokes about money, some origami projects using paper money, magic tricks using money- and there's even more fun stuff and amazing facts about money.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing
Year: 2005
Type: Children's Lit.
Quantity: 2

The Go-Around Dollar

Every dollar travels from person to person in a different way. Matt find s a dollar on his way home from school and uses it to buy shoelaces from Eric. Eric spends the dollar on bubble gum at the corner store. Jennifer, who happens to be the next customer, receives the dollar as part of her change. A dollar bill is something we all see and use every day of our lives. But do we know how it's made? The meaning of the symbols that are shown on the front and back of the dollar? How long the average dollar stays in circulation?

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Year: 1992
Type: Children's Lit.
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The Goat in the Rug

Geraldine is a goat, and Glenmae, a Navajo weaver. One day, Glenmae decides to weave Geraldine into a rug. First Geraldine is clipped. Then her wool is spun into fine, strong yarn. Finally, Glenmae weaves the wool on her loom. The reader learns, along with Geraldine, about the care and pride involved in the weaving of a Navajo rug- and about cooperation between friends.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Year: 1976
Type: Children's Lit.
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The Hatseller and the Monkeys

BaMusa the hatseller traveled from town to town with his hats piled high on his head. "Hee Manun nin koi kadi sa!" he sang, which means, "What a wonderful business hat selling is!" Master storyteller Baba Wague Diakite retells this highly entertaining, authentic African teaching tale the way it was told to him when he was a child.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year: 1999
Type: Children's Lit.
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Henry and the Paper Route

Henry Huggins can't wait until he turns eleven years old, so he can have a paper route like his friend Scooter McCarthy. Henry wants to prove to the route manager that he is responsible enough to handle the job right now. First he thinks of giving away free kittens with newspaper subscriptions, and then his advertising scheme helps his class win the newspaper drive. But he still doesn't have a paper route. Will Ramona Quimby, making a real pest of herself, help Henry get the job he wants so much?

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Year: 1985
Type: Children's Lit.
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Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Inspired by a passage from Henry David Thoreau's Walden, the wonderfully appealing Hnery Hikes to Fitchburg follows two friends who have very different approaches to life. When the two agree to meet one evening in Fitchburg, which is thirty miles away, each decides to get there in his own way, and the two have surprisingly different days.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 2000
Type: Children's Lit.
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim…The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Laura Geringer Book
Year: 1985
Type: Children's Lit.
Quantity: 2

I Wanna Iguana

Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana. He promises that she won't have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn't want to, but all Mom can imagine is the iguana growing larger and messier until it takes over the entire house. Hilarious notes go back and forth as Alex negotiates with his mother, using all his powers of persuasion, while their polar-opposite dreams of life with an iguana are shown in David Catrow's hysterical illustrations.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Year: 2004
Type: Children's Lit.
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Just a Dream

Walter believes the future is going to be wonderful, filled with robots and other amazing inventions. One night while lying in bed, Walter wishes he could visit the future. He falls asleep and his wish comes true. But the world Walter sees is not exactly what he'd imagined. When he returns to the present, he is changed and so are his dreams. Caldecott-winning artist Chris Van Allsburg brings us a striking look, in unique and evocative pictures, at what our future may hold.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 1990
Type: Children's Lit..
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The Kids' Money Book

Do you want to make a few dollars? Or to put some away? You need to learn about money, and not only the spending part! You're headed for success when you know how to manage it, from earning pocket money to opening a bank account to investing in the stock market. Even find out how to make the world a better place by giving a donation or fund-raising. You won't feel short-changed as you take control of your money.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
Year: 2004
Type: Children's Lit.
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The Lorax

The tale chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax (a "mossy, bossy" man-like creature), who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. The "Lorax" has become a popular metaphor for those concerned about the human impact on the environment.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Random House
Year: 1999
Type: Children's Lit.
Quantity: 2

Lucky the Golden Goose

Lucky the Golden Goose is an effective and creative way to teach our children the importance of saving and investing. There is no greater gift that we can give our children than the gift of financial security. The children who develop strong savings habits today will have the freedom to achieve more of their goals in the future.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Red Truck Publishing Inc.
Year: 1999
Type: Children's Lit.
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Masai and I

One day in school, Linda learns about a people of East Africa called the Masai. She feels a sense of kinship and begins to wonder what her world would be like if she were Masai. Would she live in an apartment in a big city as she does now – or in a tiny African village? Would she have a pet hamster and visit the zoo, or would she live on the African plains with giraffes and ostriches and zebras? Would her family be different if she were Masai? What would her life be like?

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Year: 1997
Type: Children's Lit.
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Max Malone Makes a Million

When Max Malone reads about a boy his age who gets rich selling cookies, Max decides to make his fortune, too. So Max and his friend Gordy start their own business, but everything seems to go wrong. Meanwhile, six-year-old Austin Healy seems to make money with everything he sells. What are Max and Gordy doing wrong?

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Year: 1991
Type: Children's Lit..
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has the kind of freshness and utter originality that has been making the over-the-counter sales on juveniles all through the last decade, from 'Millions of Cats' to 'Ferdinand.' It is the story of a faithful Irish steam-shovel artist and his steam shovel- the beguiling Mary Anne- that he would not desert even though competition from gas and Diesel-motored shovel was ruining him. The solution of Mike's problem is classic in its simplicity. Under pressure to show Mary Anne at her best, Mike digs the foundations of the tow hall of Popperville, and in his haste forgets to leave a way out. This suggests to the ingenious townspeople that Mary Anne could easily be remodeled as a furnace and Mike, her master, retained to keep her heart and boiler warm.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 1939
Type: Children's Lit.
Quantity: 2

Milo and the Magical Stones

On a small island in the middle of the sea, a mouse named Milo makes an extraordinary discovery-a magic, glowing stone hidden in a deep crevice. How will this discovery change the lives of Milo and the other mice? Will it bring delight or disaster? The reader must decide. Halfway through the story, the book splits into two sections, each offering a different ending. Together with the book's unique format-actively involves children in the decision-making process, showing them not only the effect today's environmental choices can have on the future of our planet, but also the consequences inherent in all decisions.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: North-South Books Inc.
Year: 1997
Type: Children's Lit..
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The Mitten

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes a wonderfully funny climax.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Year: 1989
Type: Children's Lit.
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Money - a rich history

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Year: 2003
Type: Children's Lit.
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Money, Money, Money

United States paper money has been called by a lot of different names over the years, and that's only a small part of its fascinating history. Do you know which three bills are the only ones with pictures of men who have not been president? Or what practically foolproof methods have been invented to thwart counterfeiters? Or how many $100,000 bills are actually in circulation? Answers to all these questions, along with funny and informative facts about the many people and objects whose pictures appear on our paper money, can be found in this entertaining and educational look at what is really in our wallets!

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher
Year: 1995
Type: Children's Lit.
Quantity: 2

Money Through the Ages

Learning about how money works in our global economy is one of the most important subjects for today's social study students. This series is designed to meet many of the national standards taught in classrooms.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Rourke Publishing
Year: 2003
Type: Children's Lit.
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Monkey For Sale

It's market day in Luzolo's village, and she has a five-franc coin to spend. Her parents tell her that on market day, "No one gets something for nothing." She must choose wisely, they say, and bargain for a fair price. There are so many things Luzolo would like to have, but she remembers to be careful as she spends her money. Then she and her friend Kiese discover that Mama Lusufu has a wild monkey for sale, and the girls embark on an elaborate chain of barters and bargaining to rescue the monkey.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Frances Foster Books
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Type: Children's Lit.
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My Rows and Piles of Coins

The market is full of wonderful things- roasted peanuts, rice cakes, toy trucks, kites-but Saruni doesn't buy any of them. He is saving for something special. How happy and proud he will be when he can help his mother carry heavy goods to market on his very own bicycles! Master storyteller Tololwa M. Mollel has created a lively tale of generosity and determination that earn unexpected rewards.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 1999
Type: Children's Lit.
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N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims

Step back in time to the adventurous saga of the settling of the Plymouth Colony, including the first Thanksgiving.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 1991
Type: Children's Lit.
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Oh, the Pets You Can Get!

Did you know you can get small and large pets? Pets that can fly, swim, crawl, and walk? Each pet is unique and needs special things to be well taken care of. Told in delightful Dr. Seuss-style rhyme, this book is a good tutorial for any child considering a pet. The text illustrates what pets need for exercise, food, drink, comfort, cleaning, health care, and love. If you are considering getting a pet or have a child who needs to learn proper pet care, this is a good place to start.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Random House
Year: 2005
Type: Children's Lit.
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On the Go

All over the world people are on the go. They travel on foot. They ride on horses, donkeys, and camels. They board trains, trolleys, and buses. They row boats, sail boats, and sometimes push their boats with poles. All over the world, people are running errands, visiting friends, working, playing, and just plain living. Join the fun!

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Mulberry Books
Year: 1990
Type: Children's Lit.
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One Fine Day

A delightful telling makes this story of a greedy fox's adventure as catchy as a nursery rhyme. Inspired by an Armenian folktale, the rhythmic, cumulative text will have small listeners "reading along" and matching words to pictures well before the story is ended.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Year: 1971
Type: Children's Lit.
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Ox-Cart Man

The Ox-Cart man walks to town to sell the wares that his family produced over the last year. His success begins the process of production again, as the family prepares for next year's "loading of the ox cart."

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Books
Year: 1979
Type: Children's Lit..
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Pancakes, Pancakes!

Pancakes, Pancakes! Is a delightful story of an old-fashioned breakfast. Modern-day pancake mix holds little charm compared to starting from scratch, and young readers will find their mouths watering, and will wish that they, too, could have real pancakes, pancakes!

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
Year: 1990
Type:Children's Lit.
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Sheep in a Shop

The sheep are back! Now they're off shopping for the perfect birthday gift, and this little general store will never be the same! Once their gift is finally selected, the sheep find they don't have enough money to pay for it. How they solve their dilemma with an age-old tradition will bring forth laughter and nods and three cheers for these one-of-a-kind sheep.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 1991
Type: Children's Lit.
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The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History

Silk has long been considered a symbol of wealth and luxury. But thousands of years ago, the production of silk cloth was one of China's most prized secrets. So how did silk become one of the most sought-after materials in the world?

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher
Year: 1995
Type: Children's Lit.
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Sundiata

The dramatic story of a Malinke prince who overcame infirmity…ridicule, palace intrigue, and a seven-year exile to become the savior of his people when Mali was attacked by a neighboring kingdom.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Year: 1992
Type: Children's Lit.
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Too Many Frogs!

Rabbit lives alone. He cooks for himself, cleans up for himself, and at the end of the day, reads himself a story. It's a simple life, and he likes it. But one evening, Froggie shows up at his door. He wants to listen to Rabbit's story, too. While eating a snack- or three. While lounging on a pillow- or ten. And bringing over his family- dozens and dozens of frogs! Rabbit has finally had enough- Froggie will have to go! But when he sits down alone to read himself a story, Rabbit realizes something is missing: someone to listen. Someone to share a wonderful story.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Philomel Books
Year: 2005
Type: Children's Lit.
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Uno's Garden

Enter into the magical world of Graeme Base's forest, filled with wild and wonderful animals, Uno's unique family and friends- and the elusive Snortlepig! Here is an illuminating blend of storybook, puzzle book, and numbers book- a moving and timely tale about how we all unknowingly affect the environment around us, just by being there, and how we can always learn from our mistakes and find ways of doing things better.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Year: 2006
Type: Children's Lit.
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We're Riding on a Caravan

The family's thrilling arrival at a bazaar vibrant with silks and tapestries will fuel kids' enthusiasm for learning more…Teachers will welcome a concluding map, an endnote on Chinese silk in legend and history, and travel guide-like briefs on each of the featured cities.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Year: 2005
Type: Children's Lit.
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What Do People Do All Day?

Animals in Busytown perform services to keep the town's economy running to meet the town's economic wants.

Grade level: K-6
Publisher: Random House
Year: 1979
Type: Children's Lit.
Quantity: 2

 

Grades K-4

Hamburger Heaven

Overhearing that her job at the diner might be eliminated, Pinky Pig sets out to discover new ways to improve customer satisfaction. Can she save her job and earn enough money to buy a clarinet? And that is the leading theme of the book.

Grade level: K-4
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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Type: Children's Lit.
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Hope for the Flowers

This book introduces the idea of being and accepting who we are. It is a tale partly about life, revolution, and hope for adults and others.

Grade level: K-4
Publisher: Paulist Press
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Type: Children's Lit.
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The Tortilla Factory

The Tortilla Factory describes in simple and elegant language the age-old process of making tortillas from corn seed to finished product. The book gives readers a better understanding of an economic concept called productive resources.

Grade level: K-4
Publisher: Harcourt Brave
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Type: Children's Lit.
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Grades 1-6

Economics and Children's Literature (1993 Supplement)

Collection of 45 lesson plans uses popular Children's Literature books as the basis for teaching basic economic concepts of scarcity, resources, interest investment in human capital, specialization, barter, and others.

Grade level: 1-6
Publisher: SPEC Publishers, Inc.
Year: 1993
Type: Lesson Plans
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Economics and Children's Literature (1994 Supplement)

Collection of 15 lesson plans uses popular Children's Literature books as the basis for teaching basic economic concepts of scarcity, resources, interest investment in human capital, specialization, barter, and others.

Grade level: 1-6
Publisher: SPEC Publishers, Inc.
Year: 1994
Type: Lesson Plans
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Economics and Children's Literature (Supplement 2)

Collection of 15 lesson plans uses popular Children's Literature books as the basis for teaching basic economic concepts of scarcity, resources, interest investment in human capital, specialization, barter, and others.

Grade level: 1-6
Publisher: SPEC Publishers, Inc.
Year: 1998
Type: Lesson Plans
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Grades 6 and Below

Children in the Marketplace (2nd Edition)

While the content of each lesson is primarily economics, the lessons stress the problem-solving capabilities which result from the economic way of thinking as it applies to real-life situations in the lives of young people.

Grade level: 3-4
Publisher: Joint Council on Economic Education
Year: 1986
Type: Lesson Plans
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Master Curriculum Guide in Economics Teaching Strategies 3-4 (Teacher Guide and Student Activities)

Fifteen lessons use hands-on activities to replicate the economic activities in which this age group participates including informed citizenship, productive workers, knowledgeable consumers, savers, economy participants, and lifelong decision makers.

Grade level: 3-4
Publisher: National Council on Economic Education
Year: 1994
Type: Lesson Plans
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Oak Lane Tales: Understanding Your Community

Collection of 8 videos (15-20 minutes each) animates delightful animal characters living, working, and playing together. Individual video concepts include banks, taxes, risk and reward, competition, insurance, and productivity.

Grade level: 3-6
Publisher: WRI Education
Year:
Type: Video
Quantity: 2

Personal Finance Economics 3-5: $mart $pending and $aving

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

Grade level: 3-5
Publisher: National Council on Economic Education
Year: 1997
Type: Lesson Plans
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Puppet Economics

Thirty lesson in which students develop their own original puppet shows and learn economic concepts in the process via an interdisciplinary curriculum of economics, language arts, mathematics, art, science, and music.

Grade level: 1-5
Publisher: Center for Economic Education University of Kansas
Year: 1994
Type: Lesson Plans
Quantity: 2

Seas, Trees and Economies

Seas, Trees, and Economies, a new curriculum unit for grades 3-6, includes ten active-learning lessons that teach about economics and the environment. These lessons address the Show-Me Standards and the Illinois Standards.

Grade level: 3-6
Publisher: Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
Year: 1998
Type: Lesson Plans
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A Yen to Trade

A Yen to Trade is a set of lessons for students to help gain a better understanding of basic rationale for making trades and how trading is done between people of different countries. Each lesson teaches about fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, economic wants, resources, goods and services, opportunity cost, money, as well as international trade concepts including exports and imports, tariffs, quotas, embargos, exchange rates, and trade routes. Most lessons employ simulations and other hands-on activities engaging students in the learning process and providing experiences to help them discover why things happen as they do.

Grade level: 3-6
Publisher: The Curators of The University of Missouri
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Type: Lesson Plans
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