For those lucky teachers who have access to SMART boards, the St. Louis Federal Reserve has produced economics lessons based on children’s books. I have copy-pasted these ideas from the St. Louis Federal Reserve site. Below you will find two “yummy” books–one for K-2 and the other for 3-5.
Messy Bessey’s Holidays (Book written by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack / ISBN: 0-516-26476-1)
Grade Level: K-2 | Interactive Whiteboard (.notebook, 509 KB)
In the book, Messy Bessey’s Holidays, Bessey wants to make holiday cookies to give as presents to her friends. Econ-cepts Learned: the factors of production, natural resources, human resources and capital resources (capital goods); as well as the intermediate goods used to make cookies.
Saturday Sancocho (Book written by Leyla Torres / ISBN: 0-374-46451-0)
Grade Level: 3-5 | Interactive Whiteboard (.notebook, 14 KB)
This is a story about a family in Central/South America that barters to get the ingredients for chicken sancocho, a kind of stew. Econ-cepts include: voluntary trade, intermediate goods, barter, money, and resources.
Here are some other SMART board lessons about economics concepts!