Teaching Economics in the Primary Grades: Standards and Strategies
Yana van der Meulen Rodgers
Rutgers University - Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School
Ronald C. Wheeler
College of William and Mary - School of Education
Primary-grade students can gain exposure to the full range of economic concepts in state standards if teachers use reading-based strategies that embrace children's literature with economic content. This approach allows teachers to simultaneously teach their students to read and to understand economics. Our state-by-state survey indicates that almost all states have content standards in economics beginning with kindergarten. However, only six states have standards that earn an A in our "State Grade for Completeness." In evaluating reading-based strategies to teach these standards, we identify more than two hundred picture books and easy readers that focus on economics. Despite the appeal of teaching economics through literature, there is not enough assessment of reading-based strategies and new assessments should be attempted in the early grades.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
JEL Classification: A21, J13, Z11
Date posted: June 24, 2004
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