Education Resources Recommended by Andria Matzenbacher
Andria Matzenbacher is a senior learning technology designer at the St. Louis Fed. Andria's favorite resources are listed below.
For Pre-K to Kindergarten Classrooms
Kiddynomics: An Economics Curriculum for Young Learners
This set of lessons is designed to introduce young children to the economic way of thinking. Informed decision-making is a critical thinking skill that students can use throughout their school, personal, and work lives.
For Elementary School Classrooms
Beatrice's Goat Lesson for Grades 3-5
In this lesson, students learn what it means to save and use estimation to decide whether or not people have enough money to reach a savings goal. They also work through a set of problems requiring that they identify how much additional money people must save to reach their goals. Students learn what opportunity cost is and identify the opportunity costs of savings decisions made by Beatrice and her family.
Ella's Adventures Online Courses for Grades 2-4
It's never too soon to begin teaching basic financial concepts, such as decision-making, saving, and using credit, to young students. Ella's Adventures allow your students to follow young Ella as she learns important life lessons.
Explore Economics Video Series for Grades 2-5
This series of short videos introduce elementary-age children to economic concepts.
Parent Q&A Resources for Teaching Economics and Personal Finance
Choose one of these books and print our one-page parent Q&A to go with it. You'll be able to have a conversation with your children about saving, spending, savings goals, making careful decisions, and many other personal finance and economics concepts that relate to their everyday lives.
For Middle School and High School Classrooms
Continuing Feducation Video Series
This series offers animated videos on a variety of economics and personal finance content.
Fed Board Builder
In this activity, students learn about the structure and roles of the Federal Reserve, and the Board of Governors.
Government Budgets Online Course
In this course, your students will play the role of a freshman lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives trying to serve his or her constituents' goals and the long-term goals of the United States. Along the way, they'll learn about the federal budget process and how federal government initiatives and programs are funded.
The Art of Decisionmaking Online Course
In this short course, your students will learn the economic underpinnings of the need to make decisions, why every decision bears a cost, and how to make informed decisions.
Women in Economics Podcast Series
In “Women in Economics,” we highlight the careers of women who have become prominent economists in this global profession.
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You can contact Andria at 314-444-3741 or Andria.L.Matzenbacher@stls.frb.org.