SMART Economics

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)

Messy Bessey's HolidaysGrade 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)

Saturday SancochoGrade 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!

The Working World and Jobs People Have

What is an Economy?

Goods, Services, Producers, Consumers

Buyers and Sellers

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About Deborah Kozdras

Instructor and Chief Creative Officer at the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida.
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