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What resources are best for teaching about economics at the different elementary levels?

Patty Palmer

The Council for Economic Education has a number of publications for all grades K-12. These resources may be found at Teachers who are members of GATE, the Global Association of Teachers of Economics (free membership registration on the website) receive a 20% discount on all purchases. All Council for Economic Education materials are written by experts in the field, classroom tested and provide step-by-step directions, visuals, student handouts, answers to all questions and activities, assessment suggestions and extension activities. Lessons are student centered and interactive. Some are primarily economics or personal finance while others are social studies (American History, World History, World Geography, Civics, Globalization, etc.), math, literature, environment and special topics in personal finance such as saving and investing. Contact a Center for Economic Education or Council for Economic Education in your state to request a copy or learn about their programs for professional development related to these materials at

  • Focus Economics K-2 and 3-5 are excellent for stand-alone lessons building a strong foundation in economics.
  • Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature uses popular children's stories to infuse fundamental economics and personal finance concepts into your elementary school curriculum grades K-5.
  • Mathematics and Economics Grades 3-5 uses math concepts to teach economics and personal finance.

Free economics and personal finance lessons are online at EconEdLink is the leading source of online economic & personal finance lessons & resources for educators, students and afterschool providers. Each lesson has a teacher and student version and are fully functional online. Lessons are written as stand-alone and are basically for one class period. New lessons are posted often. Interactives, calculators, current events and special topics are all part of the Council for Economic Education EconEdLink program.
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