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Kindergarten - 8th Grade Social Studies / Economics Resource Guides

These resource guides were developed for teachers to assist with economics instruction. The resources in these guides are among the best print and web-based lesson plans available from the Council for Economic Education (CEE), the Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) including the KidsEcon Posters (KEP) materials, and other research based sources.

Lessons is the guides are organized by Indiana Academic Standards for the Social Studies/Economics.

Kindergarten Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
1st Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
2nd Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
3rd Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
4th Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
5th Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
6th Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
7th Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)
8th Grade Econ Resource Guide (pdf)

For related assessments, be sure to register (no financial cost) for the Council for Economic Education's Online Assessment Center.

The Council for Economic Education has a leading reputation for designing high-quality resources to facilitate instruction and assessment. The Online Assessment Center (OAC), builds further upon this record to provide a free service where teachers can securely administer assessmentsgain real-time data, andmeasure student knowledge and understanding of economic and personal finance concepts. With this service, teachers can analyze the efficacy of their instruction and modify their approach.

The Online Assessment Center will enable teachers to:

Classroom Mini-Economy

The Classroom Mini-Economy, developed by the Indiana Department of Education and adopted by the Council for Economic Education, NY is a hands-on form of instruction that prepares students to function in today’s rapidly changing and independent society. Students experience entrepreneurship and real life by operating their own classroom economy.

If you are already using the Classroom Mini-Economy, be sure to take a look at these other great resources:


Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature

Using children's literature to teach economics is an excellent strategy to economize on scarce instructional time. ICEE has worked with the Indiana Department of Education to revise the popular Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature curriculum, which is distributed by the Council for Economic Education. The curriculum is available free to Indiana teachers at in-service programs. For training opportunities, contact your local Center for Economic Education.

This curriculum has interdisciplinary lessons on 24 popular books, such as The Doorbell Rang, Uncle Jed's Barbershop, and Holes. Five additional lessons from the first edition are also available on line. See below.

Economics and Entrepreneurship: Operating a Classroom Business in the Elementary and Middle School

This newly revised curriculum will tell you how to organize and run a simple real-money classroom business. The curriculum also introduces you to the economic and business concepts you can teach students along the way. The curriculum comes with three tests, an attitude survey to give students, and a Literature Connection, which describes children's literature books to use to reinforce economic concepts. If you're at all interested in helping your students understand the world of economics and business, this curriculum is for you. Available from the Council for Economic Education (, but may be offered free to Indiana teachers in Indiana Council and Center workshops.

In the Economics and Entrepreneurship curriculum, each test question is keyed to specific Indiana Economics Standards / Indicators:

Energy, Economics, and the Environment

ICEE, through the support of Indiana Michigan Power, offers workshops each summer on the important Energy, Economics, and the Environment (EEE) curriculum, originally developed by the Indiana Department of Education. This newly revised curriculum offers basic information on key topics such as water and forest resources, renewable and non renewable energy sources, solid waste, and global warming. The curriculum at each level revolves around age-appropriate case studies, which help students apply sound economic reasoning to important energy and environmental issues.

Indiana Stock Market Program

Get your students excited about learning! Using actual data from the stock markets, teams of students are given a hypothetical $100,000 to create and manage a portfolio of stocks and mutual funds. Before they know it, students are learning about financial markets such as the New York Stock Exchange, understanding the basics of personal investing and enhancing skills learned in math, reading, and technology.


KidsEcon Posters

Posters illustrating economic and financial literacy concepts give teachers innovative teaching tools to teach not only economics, but also other subjects in the curriculum.

  • "Original 22 KidsEcon Posters" (set of 22) Economic Concepts
    includes: Goods and Services, Economic Wants, Productive Resources, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Scarcity, Opportunity Cost, Producers, Consumers, Trade & Money, Specialization, Interdependence, Trade-Offs, Productivity, Market, Price, Supply & Demand, Entrepreneur, Profit, Savings and Investing.
  • Personal Finance Posters (set of 11)
    includes Income, Taxes, Budget, Banks and Credit Unions, Savings Account, Checking Account, Debt, Credit Card, Debit Card, Real Estate, and Stock.
  • Financial Literacy Posters (set of 5)
  • Interest Posters (set of 2)
  • Entrepreneurship Poster
  • Basic Princinples of Economics

You will find a literature connection on the web site that list some great children's books that illustrate economic concepts from the posters. The posters can also be supplemented by great activities such as KidsEcon Bingo, KidsEcon Activity Cards, and Herschel's World of Economics DVD's.