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Easy Economonics (Part 2) - 3 Ways to Turn Finance Concepts into Classroom Fun


Have you checked out Part 1 of "Easy Economics - 3 Ways to Turn Finance Concepts into Classroom Fun" yet? Read the first great way to work finance concepts into your classroom and then carry on with these next two!


[Anything that is commonly accepted as payment for goods and services.]

Introduce the basic characteristics of money. Tell the students that for something to be used as money in a society, it must be scarce, durable, easily carried and divisible. Discuss things that have been used as money in the past, what is used in today's society and what money might look like in the future.

  • Distribute green post-it notes. Have students complete this sentence: "Money is _____." Arrange the students work to form a dollar symbol ($) on the wall.
  • piggybankRemind the students that a fable is a short story, often containing talking animals and always including a lesson or moral.  Challenge them to write a fable featuring money in the lesson learned. Possible morals include: "Enough money is better than too much money","Money will come to those who do the right thing" and "Money can't buy happiness".
  • Challenge the students to write a humorous story from the perspective of a coin, dollar bill, or debit card.  What funny things might happen to this “money” over the course of a day?
  • Literature Link: Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1987.


[Work done for an agreed-upon rate or a paid position of employment.]

  • Display pictures from magazines and newspapers of people working to earn income. Instruct the students to write a paragraph explaining why people specialize in different jobs.
  • Organize a “walking tour” through the school. Instruct the students to note all the special jobs that are required for the maintenance of a well-run facility.  Follow up the tour by creating a class “Jobs at Our School” book, complete with drawings and job descriptions.
  • Distribute local newspapers to the students and tell them to find the Classifieds section. Instruct students to work in groups and create a list of current jobs available. Using five jobs of their choice, the students are then to identify at least one other person on whom each job depends. Example: bakers depend on delivery truck drivers. Students may then share their work with the class.
  • Share an example of an acrostic poem with the students that features a specific job and ask them to create one of their own.


Busy cutting and shampooing hair, a Barber

Always makes us

Really look nice



Requires good grooming

  • Literature Link: Henry Works by D.B. Johnson. Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Do you have more wonderful ways to work finance concepts into your classroom? Share below! 

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