Teaching Economics Using “Children’s Literature” and “Play Dough”

Professional Development



  • 07/16/2014
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • SIBL Library, 35th and Madison, Manhattan
  • Presenter: Dr. Harlan Day, Sagamore Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana


  • National Center Workshops

GRADES: K-2, K-5, 3-5, 6-8


  • General Economics
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This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Alexis Andrews at aandrews@stage.councilforeconed.org.

How do you make economics fun for students of all ages? With modeling clay and children’s literature! Whether you want to expose your young students to basic economics and math lessons or grab attention in your elementary-level classroom, these popular, activity-based lessons are an ideal way to explore economics.

Participants will leave with:

  • Playful Economics, a booklet of 15 innovative economics lessons that use hands-on activities with modeling clay to give your students a solid understanding of key economic principles.
  • Teaching Economics Using Children’s Literature, which will show you how to use popular children’s books to reinforce the concepts you teach in the Playful Economics curriculum.
  • Additional lessons for using children’s literature to teach economics from EconEdLink.org and other websites.
  • Information regarding alignment of each lesson to the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA.
  • 6 Continuing Education Units
  • Lunch provided.

Who Should Attend?

Elementary and Middle School Teachers (Grades K–7)

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