As a passionate Economics major in college (which grew into an MBA), I find Econ at the root of much of the world around us. It starts with counting coins in first and second grade and grows up to a peek into NASDAQ and other adult subjects in middle school.
In the US, tax day is April 15th. Here are some good websites to discuss what is probably a popular topic in families:
- BrainPOP | Taxes
- A history of US taxes
- Taxes–from Crash Course Economics
- Where does your money go? — lesson plan from PBS
- TurboTax Tax Calculator
After April 15th, there are great ways to teach about economics, financial literacy, and prepare students for managing their lives fiscally once they’re launched into the world:
- Bankaroo–a virtual bank for kids
- ECommerce Links for Kids–a collection of ecommerce links for kids
- Motion Math–make your own pizza and make money
- Rate-zip–how to teach financial topics to K-12
- Teaching kids economics and finance–lots of varied resources
- Time is Money–this Chrome add-on converts prices on a webpage to hours worked
More on teaching economics and finance
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.