“There are so many resources out there on how to teach and what materials to use. How do I narrow it down to get the best of what I need?”
If these thoughts resonate with you, then you definitely have to bookmark BloomBoard. The educators at BloomBoard know that curation of relevant content is one of the most valuable services one can offer on the Internet.
Starting this month, BloomBoard has invited the Council for Economic Education (CEE) along with other experienced educators to create Collections of resources targeted to specific teaching objectives. As the leader of a national movement to bring economics education and financial literacy to every child, we know how to tackle the challenges involved in teaching these subjects to children in grades K-12.
For our debut Collection on BloomBoard, we decided to focus on teaching financial literacy to young learners in kindergarten through fifth grade. There’s good reason to start teaching finance early. Researchers have found that when elementary students study financial literacy, they develop more positive financial attitudes and behaviors such as saving that will continue throughout their lives.
Our Collection recommends teaching financial literacy with a wide range of resources including lesson plans, activities, songs, videos, professional development, and research.
Here are some of the resources that we recommend in this Collection:
Getting Started: EconEdLink: Join thousands of K-5 teachers successfully using these lessons to teach concepts such as the cost of choosing between “this and that” and how scarcity influences their world to young learners.
Kiddynomics: An Economics Curriculum for Young Learners Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis: Kiddynomics introduces young children to economic thinking with five lessons based on popular storybooks.
Playful Economics: Scarcity, EconEdLink: Award-winning 5th-grade teacher, Shanan Reigle, shows how she teaches scarcity in this instructional video. Students move from creating products with play dough to tweeting about their new understanding.
Creating a Classroom Economy Unit Plan by Beth Newingham, Scholastic: Students build a class economy replete with specific jobs, salaries, and currency. As class citizens, they must manage their money, using credits, debits, and checks.
Visitors to Bloomboard can save, share, and follow Collections. They will also be able to earn micro-credentials for their skills.
We would also like to introduce Buck Institute for Education (BIE) who posted the Collection, Gold Standard Project Based Learning: An Overview, on BloomBoard following ours. BIE creates, gathers, and shares high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL) instructional practices and products and provides highly effective services to teachers, schools, and districts.showing teachers how to use Project Based Learning in all grade levels and subject areas. Their comprehensive overview will help teachers get started with PBL.
We hope you will take a look at BIE’s Collection as well as others on BloomBoard. And, join us on BloomBoard in using and providing content that is relevant for our teachers today.