Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Money, Math, & Make-Believe

Holy Free Resources!

Monday and Tuesday of this week were filled with a professional development workshop called Money, Math, & Make-Believe put on by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and the University of Kansas.

We were given so many fun ideas to teach the students economic standards and math concepts! Here are some of the resources we were given:
(and ALL of them have printable lesson plans for FREE!!)

Classroom Clues: A database of over 900 children's books! You can search by book title, keyword, and/or economic concept. The database provides a brief summary of the book, what concepts it teaches, what grade level is appropriate, and lessons that go along with the book.

Kid's Econ Posters: This website provides both free and paid for resources for the classroom as well as economic songs to help with concepts.

Federal Reserve Education: This site is AMAZING! You can search a money/economic topic by title. There are also lesson plans and readers' theaters. I can't tell you how many resources they just handed out at the workshop! We loaded up out bags and even took extras for other teachers at your school.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: The Fed in St. Louis has worked to create lessons. Some are stand alone lessons while others are paired with children's literature.

If you have a Federal Reserve Bank in your area, I HIGHLY recommend checking into their professional development opportunities. The Fed Banks also provide field trips for students. It's a place to check out!

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