Using Children's Literature to Teach Economics

July 10, 2017 to July 14, 2017

Using Children's Literature to Teach Economics

“The instructors were passionate about the content and about teaching! I never expected to receive such an abundance of resources from this course! Resources that I will actually use!”

This one-week course for elementary teachers covers the sequence of MN social studies standards in economics and personal finance at the elementary level with matching classroom-ready lessons and activities to teach these concepts. Explore how economic standards can be addressed not only through engaging social studies lessons, but also through integrated language arts, math, and science lessons.

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By teaching the elementary economics benchmarks, students learn why we need to make decisions and how our roles as consumers and producers satisfy our needs and wants. Through the demonstration of hands-on lessons, teachers will learn how concepts such as needs and wants, scarcity, trade, costs and benefits, and opportunity cost can help build student’s decision-making skills.


  • Dr. Valerie Walker,  Assistant Professor in Education at Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Nancy Krenner, 5th-grade teacher at Red Rock Elementary School
  • Kellie Friend, 3rd-grade teacher at Turtle Lake Elementary School


  • $80 registration fee
  • Participants receive a $150 participation stipend for summer course, $30 for the follow-up session
  • Six $250 travel scholarships are available for teachers from high-needs districts who reside outside the 13-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Pierce, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, St. Croix, Washington, and Wright). Scholarships will be automatically assigned by registration order based on information given during registration. After May 15, any available scholarships will be released to those participants who are from outside the 13-county metro area regardless of whether or not their district is considered high needs.

What’s Included:

  • Receive 2 FREE graduate credits from the University of Minnesota. Course participants are expected to take the course for graduate credit, attend the follow-up session during the school year, and prepare a final project to receive graduate credit in July 2018.
  • Receive 42 Continuing Education Units (35 during the summer and 7 for follow-up session)
  • Receive free lessons, resources, and materials
  • Receive the Virtual Economics 4.5 flash drive, $160 value
  • Receive 2 free children’s books to use in your classroom
  • Breakfast and lunch included each day

Eligibility for Course:

  • Must be licensed to teach in MN or a highly qualified paraprofessional.
  • Must have classroom placement for Fall 2017 in an elementary school.
  • Registration is limited to 25.

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Questions about this or other events? Contact us at or (612) 625-3727.

Funds for this project were provided by a grant from the federal Improving Teacher Quality Program of the No Child Left Behind Act) administrated by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.