Money, Materialism, Monopolies, and Millionaires : A Focus Workshop
April 17, 2010

Web Resources
  Website: Description:  

***Measuring Worth

Very interesting website that attempts to calculate the worth of items, and compares the value of currency over time. Addresses the problems of such comparisons as well, since they depend a great deal on context.

***PBS Teachers

Access, Analyze, Act: PBS's site to encourage teachers to teach economics in their classrooms in an effort to meet real world challenges. You'll find case studies, lesson plans, media resources and more along the right side of the page.

***Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Award-winning historian Jean Strouse discusses her research into the life of J.P. Morgan, America's most influential banker. She looks at the reasons for his success and delves into his personal life. As you list, consider how financial history can help us understand today's economy.

***Visualizing Economics

This site, started in 2006, is the best of what the author finds on the web - the latest graphs and maps about the U.S. and World economies.

***Econ Stories is a place to learn about the economic way of thinking through vidoes, music, biographies, and articles.

***Library of Economics and Liberty

Economics podcasts for daily life. Recent podcasts include a Duke University professor discussing the world of profit and Diane Ravitch on her latest book about the American school system.

***Economics University

Lessons on the basic concepts of economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics.

Economic Adventure


The site features a game called Pursuit that uses history and animation to teach students about economics. Players travel through New England’s economic history and guided by various figures who highlight key lessons. Site lists ages 12 and up as appropriate.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Show Business:  The Economics of Entertainment



Learning activity on economics and the entertainment industry.  Uses the music and film industries as examples for games in which students learn about developing and shaping markets, and the economics of international trade and globalization. Appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Site contains links to various quizzes on the topic of economics. New quizzes are prepared periodically. Suited to older students, maybe middle school and high school.

Federal Reserve Education

Links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics, and financial education. Various resources (games, instructional sites, educational supplements, etc.) for students of all ages.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: Fedville

Game that features various learning experiences about the Federal Reserve. For students in elementary school.


A premier source of classroom tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. Various lessons labeled by content for specific grades along with teacher supplements.

U.S. Census Bureau

State and Country Quick Facts

Contains quick links to economic facts about each state, appropriate for high school and perhaps middle school. Also has a link for younger students, appropriate for elementary and middle school.

Social Studies for Kids

Contains various links to easy to read articles relating every day subjects (baseball cards, lemonade stands, etc.) to economics. Suitable for elementary school.

Money Instructor Lessons


This site includes elementary economic material for primary education, kindergarten through 6th grade. The lessons include topics that will help your student understand goods and services, needs and wants, and consumers and products.

Sovereign Bank:

With links on this site, students will be able to learn about the basics of banking and how banking services work. This should be appropriate for students at the elementary.

The United States Mint

This site features games, cartoons and easy to read explanations about all aspects of economics, banking, and the mint. The easy explanations and brightly colored graphics make this perfect for elementary students.

The highlights various activities, games, challenges, quizzes and tests for kids and teens, tips for parents, and entertaining programs and lesson plans for teachers and students. There are links at the top each lesson labeled by appropriate age group.

James Madison University


This university site features links to economics lesson plans based on books for students at all grade levels. The links are followed by a short description of the concepts and the grade level for each lesson plan ranging from K – 8.


The site provides links to economics lesson plans and learning material for students from grades K through 12. There are several web projects and resources for both students and teachers.

Federal Bank Reserve of Chicago

Money Smart Week is a series of free classes and activities designed to help consumers manage their finances better. Money Smart Week events will be held in Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan April 17-24, 2010.

Resources from the St. Louis Fed:
The St. Louis Fed site includes a variety of resources from articles about economics to lesson plans and activities. Resources for elementary, middle, and high school can be found at this site.
Features entertaining videos on the subject of economics, created by college students. Winner for the 2009 contest are posted on the site.
This site has links to lesson plans for high schools students. Each lesson plan focuses on a particular topic in economics from supply and demand to economic growth.
This site has links to lesson plans for high schools students. Each lesson plan focuses on a particular topic in economics from finance to the Great Depression.
Features a two-day online course for high-school students. It is designed to help students in civics, economics and other social studies classes grasp the challenging economic content—and to explain why these topics are important for citizens to understand.