School is back in session and you are busy setting up your classrooms and deciding on curriculum. Choosing economics and personal finance resources doesn’t have to be time consuming. The Federal Reserve has free economics and personal finance resources for educators to easily implement into the classroom.



Read through the following children's literature books in your classroom to combine reading, economics, and entrepreneurial concepts together. The corresponding lesson plans will help introduce problem-solving skills for your students.

  • Time for Cranberries helps distinguish between entrepreneurs and employees. Have them write a sequel to the story in which one of the characters demonstrates characteristics of an entrepreneur.
  • In The Inventor's Secret students will learn about Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and how curiosity and determination leads to innovation of ideas, goods, and services that improve human quality of life.

Order a free set of Fifty Nifty vocabulary cards for your classroom. The set comes with an accompanying Teacher Resource Guide which provides activities and games to help teachers incorporate economic vocabulary into the school day through language, math, social studies and art.

  • Play a game of Pictionary using the vocabulary words. Have students illustrate a concept card and guess the definition. 

  • Want to test students’ knowledge in a fun interactive way? Play econ bingo! Make bingo cards using economic words and have students cross off a word when they hear the definition.

Entrepreneurial activity is strongly linked to economic growth. Use these resources to inspire your young students to think creatively and help answer questions about what makes someone an entrepreneur.

  • Though videos, interactive elements, and classroom activities in Jay Starts a Business, students are introduced to entrepreneurship and related economic and financial concepts.
  • Learn about child inventors after reading Inventors Become Entrepreneurs. Then create inventions to improve everyday lives, decide upon a target audience and price, and illustrate.
  • Role play in Mind Your Own Business to introduce entrepreneurship and the importance of a business plan.

Boost your students’ monetary knowledge with Money Circle. This revamped, comprehensive curriculum series will engage and challenge students to apply both personal finance and economic perspectives when it comes to money. 

  • Money Circle is broken up into four units and eight lessons which can easily be taught independently or as an entire curriculum unit.

  • The Learn to Earn lesson has students research a future job and determine the skills and knowledge needed to obtain the job. Using the provided handout, you can lead students through a series of discussion questions about the importance of advanced education. Students will research job qualifications for their “ideal job” and evaluate costs and benefits of job choices.

  • Do you want to spend more time on this subject? Introduce your students to Reality Check for their personal finance needs. Using this program, students can determine how much they must earn per month to support their desired lifestyle.

Are you teaching about the Federal Reserve? Start by watching this video. The Federal Reserve and You gives an overview of the Federal Reserve Bank’s purpose and functions and provides an inside look from the Fed itself. Students will learn about the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and how it affects them.

  • The video is broken into chapters composed of short, two to five minute segments. Topics range from the Federal Reserve’s unique structure to banking 101.

  • Would you like activities to accompany the videos? There are lessons for each chapter that enhance the topics learned. In one of the lessons, students participate in a monetary policy game where they attempt to achieve full employment and low inflation as Chair of the Fed.

Many students think about running their own business as adults. Entrepreneurship in the Classroom compiles multiple resources for introducing students in to the world of entrepreneurship.

  •  Are You Ready to Take the Risk? In this lesson, your students will take a survey of their entrepreneurial potential. They learn about Gallup's 10 Talents of Successful Entrepreneurs and solve a business problem using these talents.

  • How do you continue the conversation? Follow up the lesson with one of the Entrepreneurship in Action videos.

    • Discussion questions are also available to help students reflect on the successes and pitfalls of being an entrepreneur.

    • In the 4-minute RDQLUS Creative video, students are introduced to the company that helps other businesses brand their product or service. The video focuses on how the entrepreneur faced risk and overcame difficulties when starting his own business.  

Find the Perfect Easy Activity for Your Classroom

Resources vary in length, topic and difficulty–making it useful for every educator. If these resources don’t meet your needs, search by grade level, key concepts or format on our economic education homepage.

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