United States Economy Resources
Media Center Resources
Adil, J. R. (2006). Goods and services. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press. Lexile ~550
Summary: Simple text and photographs explain what goods and services are and their role in earning income and spending money.
Adler, David, (2015). Prices! Prices! Prices! Why they go up and down. New York: Holiday
House. Lexile 780
Summary: A lemonade stand can teach you the laws of supply and demand. but how? As the weather shifts from day to day and a rival stand opens up, demand and supply shift, and so do prices. *See below in Internet resources an interactive game called Lemonade Stand
Brennan, L. C. (2013). Managing money. Mankato, MN: Childs World. Lexile 510
Summary: An illustrated introduction to managing money and setting up a budget with examples for income, expenses, donations, setting goals, and how to implement the plan.
Firestone, M. (2005). Spending money. Mankato, MN.: Capstone Press. Lexile 650
Summary: Explains why people need money, looks at cash, checks, and credit cards and offers advice on how to spend money wisely.
Giesecke, E. (2003). Dollars and sense: Managing your money. Chicago, Ill.: Heinemann Library. Lexile ~980
Summary: Examines the need for young people to appropriately manage their money including discussions on the differences between needs and wants, how to make a budget, and the importance of a good credit history.
Loewen, N. (2005). Save, spend or donate. A book about managing money. Minneapolis, MN:
Picture Window Books. Lexile 530
Summary: Josie and Sam learn the value of dividing their weekly allowances into portions for saving, spending and giving to charity.
Schwartz, D. M. (1989) If you made a million. New York: Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books. Lexile
Summary: Describes the various forms which money can take including coins, paper money, and personal checks and how it can be used to make purchases, pay off loans or build interest in a bank.
Discovery Education Resources
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Koppel on Discovery: The People’s Republic of China Joined at the Hip.
Summary: Examines how unemployed factory workers in Missouri, schoolchildren in China, and Mexican migrant workers are connected by global commerce.
Includes video segments such as American Jobs Moving to China, Wal-Mart Economics and Cheap Labor Driving a Global Economy.
Money: Kids and Cash
Summary: Travel around the world to explore trade, the history of money, and the notions of value and price. Learn why people have long valued gold. See how the U.S. Mint makes change and the Federal Reserve keeps money safe. Explore the history of banks and their role in building communities. And learn the basics of money management at the Young Americans Bank in Denver, where all the customers are younger than 22.
Money: Content Collection
This is an excellent place to look. It has many short video clips: Using money, Earning power, THe meaning of money, giving change, and How much is a dollar worth. It also includes a PDF file with lesson starters as well as encyclopedia articles a SONG (Math with Mar: Starts with a Penny).
Internet Resources, Games, and Activities:
Summary: Think it’s easy to get enough money for all the cool things you want and need? See if you can do it!
Summary: This is not a game. Students must read and follow through with written activities.
It is designed to teach students how to spend smartly. It examines different topics such as spending on clothes, toys, and more.
Practical Money Skills
Road Trip to Savings
You have to click on this game once you get to the site.
Summary: Meet the challenges of 4 weeks on the road as you steer your way to financial stability. This game requires players to make decisions about income, expenses and savings. Coming up short on cash means losing your wheels.