In-Service Options

Elementary School Workshops

Hands On Economics

Using the Virtual Economics program, teachers will explore hands-on activity based lessons from multiple publications that address elementary standards in Social Studies, Math and English. The program has almost 400 elementary lessons to choose from. Activities include creating a bookmark using available resources, identifying jobs in the community and how each works together, using Play-Doh to understand goods and services.

Teaching Economics Using Children’s Literature

This workshop helps K-5 teachers introduce children to economics and history through popular children’s books. After the workshop, teachers will be able to identify economics concepts in the K-5 academic standards and integrate economic lessons into history, math, language arts and other content areas.

Mathematics and Economics: Connections for Life, Grades 3-5

This workshop gives teachers thoughtful and creative ways to bring math and economics together in a dynamic way. Mathematics & Economics contains 12 lesson plans that focus on the essential processes basic to our information society: problem solving, reasoning, communication, connections and representation. Teachers will cover economic concepts such as costs, benefits and resources.

The Classroom Mini-Economy

Teach students about their role in society by using active lessons in your classroom. Activities include conducting research to determine the best price for goods and services, learn-ing interviewing techniques, creating classroom jobs for students, running businesses and paying taxes. *$50 start-up grant available for new mini-economy programs

Financial Fitness For Life

Even the youngest children understand that their decisions are important and that, if they think about choices, they will be happier with the results. This session gives teachers an overview of the lessons and sample classroom projects from Financial Fitness for Life, Grades K-2 or 3-5. The active learning curriculum teaches concepts such as earning, saving, spending, borrowing and managing money.

Adventures in Economics and U.S. History

This workshop is designed to help teachers apply the economic way of thinking as they instruct students on economic concepts that occurred during events in U.S. History. The 47 lessons in the Adventures in Economics and U.S. History curriculum are divided into three volumes—Colonial America, A Young Nation (1765-1877), and The Twentieth Century—and each volume can easily be adapted to specific history units.

Seas, Trees, and Economies

Engaging simulations and hands-on activities from 10 innovative lessons help students understand the relation-ship between our natural environment and the economy. Lesson titles include: The Jabawa Trees of Island Breeze, Eggs -ternal Costs, and The Lorax and What the Lore Lacks. Most lessons employ simulations and hands-on activities. Participants will receive copies of the curriculum.

K-2 Can Do! Math & Economics

This workshop helps K-5 teachers introduce children to economics and history through popular children’s books. After the workshop, teachers will be able to identify economics concepts in the K-5 academic standards and integrate economic lessons into history, math, language arts and other content areas.

Zooconomy

The goal of the Zooconomy curriculum is to teach students some of the funda-mental principles of economics in a manner that is fun, exciting, educational, and challenging. This curriculum has many interdisciplinary connections between math, science, social studies, and language arts. Curriculum is best suited for grades 3-8.

Middle School Workshops

Using Dystopian Literature to Teach Economics

How are economic systems structured in some of today’s popular Young Adult lit- erature? How does choice affect a charac-ter’s movement in a novel? This workshop will look at the economic concepts present in books like The Hunger Games, The City of Ember, and The Giver. *It is not a requirement for students to have read these books to discuss the eco-nomic concepts.

Middle School World Geography

Using real-world scenarios, your students will apply economic and geographic concepts to their everyday lives. They’ll uncover the decision making process involved in using and distributing resources, and explore how human activity affects the physical environment.

Election Economics: Understanding Fiscal Responsibility

The election season provides an inescapa-ble opportunity to foster civic engagement and responsibility in students. Using an historical lens as well as present day comparisons, this workshop will assist teachers in understanding the trade-offs associat-ed with public policy. Specific emphasis is placed on economic decisions throughout world and U.S. history, as well as current issues that plague our economic system. Some topics include: Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic, Jackson’s War on the Bank, the European Debt Crisis, and National Security and the National Debt.

The Classroom Mini-Economy

Teach students about their role in society by using active lessons in your classroom. Activities include conducting research to determine the best price for goods and services, learn-ing interviewing techniques, creating classroom jobs for students, running businesses and paying taxes. *$50 start-up grant available for new mini-economy programs

Middle School World History

Why did early civilizations form around rivers? Why didn’t China discover the New World? Connect eco-nomic reasoning to historical events through discussion, interactive activities, and historical documents that will build a connection with the past.

Financial Fitness for Life, Grades 6-8

The Financial Fitness for Life personal finance curriculum shows teachers how to give students a start-to-finish person-al finance education that is comprehen-sive, rewarding and enjoyable. The lessons offer innovative ways to teach stu-dents about saving, investing, using credit, buying smart, managing money and understanding the stock market. Students learn that many personal finance decisions require them to use their mathematics skills.

Mathematics and Economics: Connections for Life, Grades 6-8

Blend economics with mathematics to show your students that mathematics really matters in real life. This session demonstrates how to maximize the multi-faceted curriculum Mathematics and Economics: Connections for Life. Using practical, everyday scenarios, these creative lessons and activities can help students use mathematical knowledge and skills to become savvy earners, consumers, savers, investors, and informed financial decision makers.

The Wide World of Trade

This workshop teaches the basics of inter-national trade and finance while providing insight into how the world of internation-al trade works. The Wide World of Trade is a set of 11 lessons that focus on the interdependence of economies around the globe to help students understand productive resources, exchange, speciali-zation, interdependence and the benefits of trade.

Learning, Earning and Investing & the Stock Market Game

This workshop shows teachers how to introduce students to the world of investing. Students learn how to apply research, math, decision-making, and leadership skills in the classroom during the 10 week Stock Market Game. Lessons from Learning, Earning and Investing cover the language of financial markets and how to read financial pages.

Middle School Workshops

Financial Fitness for Life Grades 9-12

The Financial Fitness for Life personal finance curriculum shows teachers how to give students a start-to-finish person-al finance education that is comprehen-sive, rewarding and enjoyable. The les-sons offer innovative ways to teach stu-dents about saving, investing, using credit, buying smart, managing money and understanding the stock market.

Election Economics: Understanding Fiscal Responsibility

The election season provides an inescapable opportunity to foster civic engagement and responsibility in students. Using an historical lens as well as present day comparisons, this workshop will assist teachers in understanding the trade-offs associated with public policy. Specific emphasis is placed on economic decisions throughout world and U.S. history, as well as current issues that plague our economic system. Some topics include: Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic, Jackson’s War on the Bank, the European Debt Crisis, and Na-tional Security and the National Debt.

Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Understanding Economics in U.S. History is a book of standards-based lessons that help students gain a better understanding of events in our history by using basic economic reasoning. Students solve historical mysteries and discover how our economic past shapes and impacts our present day lives. The agenda includes a review of economic concepts and demonstrations of active learning lessons.

Understanding Economics in Civics and Government

What is the role of government in the economy? What about health care? Unemployment? Find answers to these questions and more as you analyze how economics influenced the United States Constitution, explore key economic cas-es before the United States Supreme Court, and discuss the purpose and kinds of taxes.

Mathematics and Economics: Connections for Life, Grades 9-12

Blend economics with mathematics to show your students that mathematics really matters in real life. This session shows high school teachers how to maximize the Mathematics and Economics: Connections for Life curriculum. Using practical scenarios, these lessons and activities can help students use mathematical knowledge and skills to become savvy earners, consumers, savers, and informed financial decision makers.

Learning, Earning and Investing & the Stock Market Game

This workshop shows teachers how to introduce students to the world of investing. Students learn how to apply research, math, decision-making, and leadership skills in the classroom during the 10 week Stock Market Game. Lessons from Learning, Earning and Investing cover the language of financial markets and how to read financial pages.

Virtual Economics, 4.5®

Workshop attendees receive the Virtual Economics flash drive with over 1,400 lessons on economic and personal finance concepts from over 80 publica- tions. The flash drive allows teachers to search by state standard, concept, or publication. Lessons are easy-to-use and the concepts come with a video demonstration, activities, and a glossary.

Entrepreneurship Economics

The skill set needed to compete in the 21st century is quite different than it was in the past. The United States will rely on entre-preneurs to stimulate economic growth. Lessons introduce students to entrepre-neurship through a resource market simu-lation, which demonstrates how entrepre-neurship promotes economic activity and benefits society. Students explore and analyze economic systems and the entrepreneur’s role in the economy.

Using Dystopian Literature to Teach Economics

How are economic systems structured in some of today’s popular Young Adult literature? How does choice affect a character’s movement in a novel? This workshop will look at the economic concepts present in books like The Hunger Games. *It is not a requirement for students to have read the books to discuss the economic concepts.