Invite students into the world of entrepreneurship with an interactive computerized adventure as they start their own business. An accompanying curriculum emphasizing economic and financial concepts for upper-elementary students is provided.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a documentary about the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the financial crisis. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names. Check local listings for time of broadcast, and read more at ww.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/abacus
“The House on Elm Street” is an exercise developed by Professor George J. Siedel with support from the University of Michigan. It involves a transaction that students can easily relate to: the sale of a house. The twist in the exercise is that, unknown to the seller, the buyer is a secret agent representing a large company. Each student receives a short (two-page) role as either the buyer or seller, and they negotiate for 30 minutes, followed by a debriefing. The exercise is designed to achieve several learning goals. For example, students will learn how to: Read more
Fair Trade Campaigns has developed a series of lesson plans to help educators bring the concept of Fair Trade into their middle and high school classrooms. There are four distinct lessons, covering four subject areas in relation to Fair Trade:
- Changing the Rules of the Global Economy: An Introduction to Fair Trade
- Gender Equity and Fair Trade
- Child Labor and Fair Trade
- Environmental Sustainability and Fair Trade
Confronting Poverty (confrontingpoverty.org) is a new website that offers a set of resources dealing with American poverty and inequality. Most notable is an interactive "poverty risk calculator" that estimates for the first time the likelihood that an individual will experience poverty at some point in their future. Read more
Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.