Teaching Economics Using Children’s Literature

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GRADES: K-2, 3-5


  • Financial Literacy
  • General Economics
  • Language Arts & Economics
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The Stories You Know, Love… and Use

Teaching your young students basic economics concepts doesn’t have to be fairytale…

Discover how a collection of traditional children’s stories can give your classroom an instant economic boost at an early age and all while infusing more reading comprehension and language art skills into your everyday instruction.

Even the Three Little Pigs Know Their Economics

With a step-by-step teaching approach explore your favorite past-time stories like “The Three Little Pigs” and uncover economic concepts within. With 24 ready-to-use lesson plans, this handy story telling guide includes:

  • A brief overview of each story.
  • A clear explanation of how the story’s plot intertwines with economics principles.
  • Questions and follow up activities to keep your students on target.
  • An annotated bibliography with additional children’s titles.

Economics Lessons Made Easy with Storytelling…

What did the little boy in “The Giving Tree” learn after the tree had nothing left to give? The answer: natural resources are scarce.

So give story time a new meaning and integrate basic economic concepts with a story a week. Your Students will have solid economic knowledge right from the the get-go.

Plus, there’s no better way to teach economics than with stories and tales your students already love.

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