Workshop Description

Playful Economics

Fifteen economics lessons for elementary and middle school students allowing them to interact creatively with play dough .

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James Madison University Center for Economic Education

Feb 16, 2017
3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Ice House
127 West Bruce Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Grade Level: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 2

This workshop features a resource book containing 15 economics lessons designed with elementary and middle school students in mind. Using modeling compound, students interact creatively as they are introduced to concepts found in the SOL. Also included in Playful Economics are additional resources and a pretest/post-test with answers. Participants will receive a copy of this valuable resource.

Each of the 15 lessons contain step-by-step procedures and follow up activities covering key concepts such as scarcity, opportunity cost, profit, goods vs. services, saving and investing, supply and demand, and inflation. This updated edition also contains pretests and post-tests with answer keys, additional curriculum resources to give teachers a variety of flexible reinforcement activities, and even a recipe for making play dough.


Instructor: Lynne Stover, Associate Director for Programs
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Lynne Stover, Associate Director for Programs
Center for Economic Education
James Madison University

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