Teaching Economics Using “Children’s Literature” and “Play Dough”

Professional Development



  • 07/31/2013
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • The New York Public Library, Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue, 1st FL., New York, NY 10016-4314
  • Presenter: Dr. Harlan Day, Director, Sagamore Institute


  • National Center Workshops

GRADES: K-2, K-5, 3-5, 6-8


  • General Economics

How do you make economics fun for students of all ages?  With Modeling Clay!  Whether you want to expose your young students to basic economics, math lessons or grab attention in your upper-level classroom, these popular, activity-based lessons are an ideal way to explore economics.  Playful Economics is a booklet of 15 innovative economics lessons that use hands-on activities to give your students a solid understanding of key economic principles.  In each lesson, students use modeling clay to learn economics concepts identified in the National Content Standards in Economics.

The unique Literature Connections curriculum component will show you how to use children’s books to reinforce the concepts you teach in the Playful Economics curriculum.  Imagine teaching the story of “The Three Little Pigs” from an economic viewpoint learning and talking about scarcity, trade-offs, human and natural resources.  Participants will be shown how and where all lessons in these publications are tied to the ELA and math Common Core Standards.

Playful Economics and the Children’s Literature book are very motivating and effective ways to add economics to your classroom.  Workshop materials have been generously sponsored by the McGraw-Hill Companies.

Registration for this workshop begins at 8:30 a.m.


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