Mini Economy is experience-based instruction used to teach concepts of entrepreneurship, economics and government in the classroom. Conducted as a unit of study, this high-energy simulation focuses on economic concepts, financial literacy, classroom management and real-world market situations. Students establish their own society, design currency, plan and open businesses, and create a functioning government.

  • A student-structured economic society (with the guidance of a trained teacher)
  • Goal setting and responsibility
  • Cooperative learning
  • Experience with entrepreneurship in an authentic market situation
  • Creative problem solving
  • Crossover instruction in language arts, math, art and social studies

Search ‘Mini-Economy’ under Teacher Workshops to learn how to bring this project-based learning into your classroom and become certified in this program!

Click here to view a video of a Mini-Economy Market Day and here for photos on VCEE’s Facebook page.

MINI-ECONOMY PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT: Each activity uses student SOL knowledge to build toward a coherent project goal: the creation of a flourishing classroom business.

Market Days Across the State:

JMU GEM FAIR
LYNCHBURG REGIONAL MARKET DAY
VCU/VCEE MINI-ECONOMY MARKET DAY