Economics is Everywhere

“Economics is Everywhere” provides Minnesota teachers in grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 with lesson plans and materials that can be used to integrate grade-level economic benchmarks in commonly taught units from each grade’s “lead discipline”.

Grade 4-8 Full Curriculum 

  • Grade 4 students explore the compelling question: “How does ‘where I live’ shape ‘how I live’?” as they research regions of the United States and use a reasoned decision making process to consider where they might choose to live as adults.
  • Grade 5 students explore the compelling question: “How can examining stories of the past help us make sense of the present?” as they learn about how enslaved and free black communities resisted slavery and maintained their cultural identities.
  • Grade 7 students explore the compelling question: “Who pays the price for cheap clothing?” through a comparison of the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire with the contemporary Rana Factory collapse in Bangladesh. They then consider how they make their own purchasing decisions as consumers.
  • Grade 8 students explore the compelling question: “How can we measure and improve the quality of life in a country?” through an introduction to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of standard of living. In addition to working with real economic data, students also participate in a simulation in which they play the role of policy makers considering how to improve the quality of life in a fictitious country.