Award-Winning Lessons: Elementary

3M Innovative Economic Educator and Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Educator award-winning lessons for elementary students.

These award-winning lessons have been posted as submitted. They have not been altered or edited by MCEE.

2017

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: Kristan Nalezny, Meadowbrook Elementary School
First Grade Bartering Lessons

2nd Place: Melissa Turk, Wellstone Elementary School
The Land of Lemons and Nuts

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Educator Award Winner: Ruth Krider, St. Anthony Park Elementary School
Something Special for Me

2016

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: See Vang, Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet
A Day in the Life of a Refugee

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Educator Award Winner: Paul Nelson, Groveland Park Elementary
Being Financially Responsible: To Myself, My Family, and Others

2nd Place: Lisa Wiener, Raven Stream Elementary
My Spending Habits

2015

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: Debra Volkenant, Northwinds Elementary
Tall Trees

2nd Place: Mary Dorow, Como Park Elementary School
Scarcity, Water Usage in Production & Consumption: Making Choices

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Educator Award Winner: Lena Mueller, Pinecrest Elementary School
Tia Wants a Car: What's the Opportunity Cost?

2nd Place: Jaci Sullivan, Barton Open School
Choice, Opportunity Cost, and Benefits with The Greedy Triangle

2014

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: Ann Shaw, Wilshire Park Elementary
Getting the Goods on Good Pizza (Kindergarten)

2nd Place: Ryan Higbea, Kaposia Education Center
An Inquiry Into the Connection Between Decisions and their Impacts (5th Grade)

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Award Winner: Rose Simones, Chatfield Elementary
History in Your Hand: Let's Explore Old & New Money (2nd Grade)

2nd Place: Anna Cunningham, Andersen United Community School
Go West! (And Make Some Good Decisions) (2nd Grade)

2013

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: Carl Nowlin, Wilshire Park Elementary
When Life Gives You Lemons...Use Them as a Natural Resource (3rd Grade)

2nd Place: Laura Nelson, Jacobson Elementary
Scarcity is Not a Scary City (1st Grade)

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Award Winner: Jessica Williams, Lincoln Elementary
Elementary Entrepreneurship (5th Grade)

2nd Place: Lisa Dochniak, Randolph Heights Elementary

2012

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: Jan Williams, Expo for Excellence Elementary Magnet School
The Journey That Saved Curious George (3rd - 4th Grade)

2nd Place: Nicole Linscheid, Clarkfield Area Charter School
Lemon Bucks (3rd Grade)

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Award Winner: Jessica Kocon, Hillside Elementary School
The Hard-Times Jar (3rd - 4th Grade)

2nd Place: Travis Whiting, Hamline Elementary School
Bessie Makes a Decision (5th Grade)

2011

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: Lori Urke, Northfield School of Arts and Technology
Using Children's Literature to Teach Economics & Personal Finance: Chicken Sunday (6th - 8th Grade)

2nd Place: Sharon Overlien, Kate Sinakhone & Diane Johnston, St. Paul Public Schools
Goods, Services, Consumers, and Producers for the Elementary Student (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade)

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Award Winner: Rebecca Tennison, St. Paul Public Schools
Henry's Personal Finance Lesson

2nd Place: Kellie Friend & Jeannette Weber, Mounds View Schools
Spend or Save (3rd Grade)

2010

3M Innovative Economic Educator Award Winner: Kellie Carlisle, Turtle Lake Elementary

2nd Place: Linda Kovach, Northfield Public Schools

Thrivent Financial Personal Finance Award Winner: Kari Kidman, RTR Elementary School

2nd Place: Michelle VandenPlas, Fair Oaks Elementary

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