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Resources Recommended by Mary Suiter

Mary Suiter is an assistant vice president and economic education officer at the St. Louis Fed.

For Elementary School Classrooms

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday Lesson for Grades K-2
In the story, Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, Alexander receives a dollar from his grandparents that he plans to save, but he spends it all, a little at a time. In this lesson, students count by twos to fill a container with 100 pennies. They are asked whether 100 pennies is the same amount of money as one dollar. They listen to the story and as Alexander spends his money, students come up and remove the correct number of pennies from a container. At the end of the story, students are again asked if 100 pennies is the same amount of money as one dollar. Students discuss the choices that Alexander made and give advice on how he could save his money to reach his goal of buying a walkie-talkie.

Explore Economics Video Series for Grades 3-5
This series of short videos introduce upper-elementary and middle-school children to economic concepts.

Money, Money, Honey Bunny! Lesson for Grades K-2
Students listen to a story written in rhyme about a bunny who has a lot of money in her piggy bank. Students distinguish between spending and saving and goods and services. They play a matching game to review the content of the story and to practice rhyming words.

Monster Musical Chairs Lesson for Grades K-1
Students listen to the story and identify the scarcity problem the monsters had—not enough chairs for every monster to have one. Students wear a picture of a want they have drawn and play a version of musical chairs in which the chairs are labeled goods. Students learn that a good can satisfy a want. They also learn that, because of scarcity, not everyone's wants are satisfied.

For Middle School and High School Classrooms

Continuing Feducation Video Series
This video series offers animated videos on a variety of economics and personal finance content.

What is Unemployment, How is it Measured, and Why Does the Fed Care? Lesson for Grades 7-10
In this lesson, students read and interpret choropleth maps, which contain unemployment data. They compare verbal descriptions of the labor market from the Federal Reserve's Beige Book with the mapped data. In addition, students compare unemployment data for different years. Students access or observe how to access this data online, using GeoFRED.

For High School Classrooms

Diversification and Risk Lesson
Students are given a portfolio of investments, and they assess the relative risk associated with the products in their portfolios. They later determine which savings and investment instruments might be most suitable for clients of different ages and economic status.

GDP and Pizza: Economics for Life Online Course
GDP and Pizza: Economics for Life is designed to help students in civics, economics and other social studies classes grasp challenging economic content – and to explain why these topics are important for citizens to understand.

Making Personal Finance Decisions Curriculum Unit, Lesson 2A: The Inventory Game—Net Worth and Cash Flow
Students physically move into and out of a “wallet” (a specified area in the room) and note the change in the number of students in the wallet over time, as well as the inflow and outflow rates. This demonstration is then related to the stock (an amount at a point in time) concepts of assets and liabilities and the flow (an amount per unit of time) concepts of income and expenses. Students use this distinction to determine net worth, cash flow, and the relationship between them.

Personal Finance 101 Conversations
Personal Finance 101 Conversations is a series of short videos related to timely financial topics for students and consumers in their teens and 20s.

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Questions?

You can contact Mary at 314-444-4662 or Mary.C.Suiter@stls.frb.org.