School of Professional and Continuing Studies

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Education has developed 13 publications for students that can be ordered online. Read more to learn about each one and review various lessons. They have been organized by grade level. Click the links to jump to your appropriate section: Grades 1-6 |  Grades 7-8 | Grades 9-12 | Ordering Info

 

Grades 1-6

Do A Zoo (1st grade)

Do A Zoo Do A Zoo is a curriculum where students can learn about animal classification by sorting stuffed animals. They work with partners to learn more about various animals and to create zoo structures. Then they invite visitors to the "zoo" to see the animals, eat popcorn and ride the train. Do A Zoo addresses decision-making, opportunity cost, resources, and human capital development. Lessons are correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Order Now: $22 | Download Lesson 1


The Gingerbread Man (1st-2nd grade)

Gingerbread Man Using "The Gingerbread Man" folktale as a theme, this unit integrates cooperative learning, mathematics, science, reading, social studies, written language, and economics. The unit contains 15 days of instruction. The classroom teacher has the flexibility to use all the lessons as presented in the unit or select a desired section for instruction. Many of the activities can be developed as learning centers. This unit gives a variety of opportunities for student assessment. The lessons are correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Order Now: $45 | Download Lesson 1


Kaleidoscope, USA (3rd-5th grade)

Kaleidoscope USA In Kaleidoscope, USA students live history and use economics, geography, language arts, science and math skills as they develop their fictitious community from a proprietor colony into an industrialized community and eventually into a community of the future. This unit provides opportunities for a variety of assessments as students make choices regarding colony sites, develop advertisements, write persuasive letters, participate in role play, predict the community of the future and develop land-use graphs. This unit includes two reusable maps. Lessons have been correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Sponsored by the Urban Extension Program, a joint project of University of Missouri Extension and UMSL. Order Now: $35 | Download Lesson 1

The Louisiana Expansion (4th-5th grade)

 Louisiana Expansion The acquisition and exploration of the Louisiana Purchase is considered by many historians as one of the most significant events in U.S. history. The Louisiana Expansion is an interdisciplinary unit that will help bring this historical event to life for students. The lessons in the unit offer a variety of teaching strategies and activities that address social studies content and skills, communication art skills, and process skills. The lessons are correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Sponsored by the Sunnen Foundation. Order Now: $25 | Download Lesson 1

Curriculum website: http://www.umsl.edu/continuinged/louisiana/


Labor Works for You (2nd-4th grade) 

Labor Works for You Labor Works for You is a curriculum set of nine lessons used to teach students about investment in human capital, examination of careers in the construction industry, and awareness of unionized labor and its history to bring about safe working environments. This curriculum was written with active participation of representatives of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association. It is divided into three units focusing on carpentry, plumbing, and sheet metal work. The ideal delivery system would involve the classroom teacher and a worker representing the career focus of the unit. In the foreword, teachers are encouraged to contact their local labor council to find union members to help in delivery. However, in the absence of available workers, these lessons can and should be taught by the classroom teacher to encourage student learning in the areas of the construction trades and organized labor. Lessons are correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Order Now: $22.

MO HiStory (4th-5th grade) 

MO HiStory Bring history alive with MO HiStory. MO HiStory creatively supplements social studies curriculum by integrating economics, entrepreneurship, geography, history, and Missouri heritage. MO HiStory includes stories of 20 Missouri entrepreneurs, historical maps, lesson plans for teachers, and fun learning games. The MO HiStory curriculum is correlated to the National Standards for Economics and Missouri Show-Me Standards.

MO HiStory is a FREE online resource at mohistory.umsl.edu.

Sponsored by Angelica Corporation, Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Cray Foundation, David Lapin, Alice Levy, Gerhard J. Petzall Jr., Gerhard J. Petzall Sr., Jennifer Petzall, Julie Petzall, Dan Thorton, and the Urban Extension Program, a joint project of University of Missouri Extension and UMSL.

Seas, Trees, and Economies (3rd-6th grade)

 Seas, Trees, and Economies Through the Seas, Trees, and Economies unit, students discuss and have a better understanding of resource use through experiential learning. This curriculum helps students recognize that the balance we seek with nature presents many difficult problems that demand well thought-out solutions. The Seas, Trees, and Economies curriculum unit includes 10 active-learning lessons that teach about economics and the environment. These lessons are correlated to the Missouri's Show-Me Standards. Order Now: $22.

A Yen to Trade (3rd-6th grade)

 Yen to Trade This curriculum unit of 10 lessons is designed to demonstrate to students the benefits of trade. Throughout this unit, students are engaged in exciting activities designed to illustrate why people persist in trading for what they want, no matter what barriers exist. It shows how trading makes people better off. Lessons have been correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Order Now: $22.


The Voyages of Columbus: An Economic Enterprise (4th-6th grade)

Voyages of Columbus The Voyages of Columbus: An Economic Enterprise curriculum unit contains three lessons that integrate economics, geography, math, and history. Students participate in activities through which they examine early trade barriers; identify the incentives to which entrepreneurs respond; analyze the resources, human capital, and technology required for the Christopher Columbus' voyage; and recognize the importance  of information in decison making. These activities, combined with a mapping activity and supplemental lessons found in the appendix, enable teachers to use a variety of assessment strategies. The unit includes a reusable map and ship poster. These lessons have been correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Order Now: $40.

Wise Pockets Series (PreK-3rd grade)

 Wise Pockets The Wise Pockets Series is a collection of three coloring books: Heather Learns about Earning!, Tim’s Turn to Learn, and Will Saves for the Stars!. Each book uses a short story to teach young children about personal financial concepts and decision making — including earning, saving, spending, lending, and borrowing. With the help of the books’ main characters, Wise Pockets and Money Mouse, children will learn important money management skills and have fun, too.

The Wise Pockets Series can be easily adapted for use in the classroom as a curricular supplement, at home to assist parents in teaching children, and by students in self-learning activities. The Wise Pockets Series can also be used with the curriculum Wise Pockets World website.

Each coloring book is sold separately for $1. Order Now.

Sponsored by the Council for Economic Education through the United States Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvements.

Wise Pockets World (PreK-6th grade)

Wise Pockets World Preschool and elementary-aged children enjoy visiting Wise Pockets World and might not even notice they are learning to be better savers and wiser spenders. With the help of Wise Pockets, children learn about earning, saving, spending, lending, and borrowing through fun online stories.

Wise Pockets World has something to offer teachers and parents, too. Teachers will find lessons that use children's trade books to teach personal finance concepts for grades 3-6. Parents will find useful activities and tips on how to better educate their children in wise money management.

Wise Pockets World is a FREE online resource at wisepockets.umsl.edu.

Sponsored by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of America, US Bank, Mastercard International, Money Management International, and UMSL.

Zooconomy: Zoo Decisions (4th-6th grade)

Zooconomy Zooconomy: Zoo Decisions contains five lessons that teach basic economic concepts and develop analytical thinking skills through economics with an integration of science, math, language arts and map skills. In Zooconomy classrooms, students design their own zoo, carefully researching the habitat, diet and special characteristics of their favorite animals. When they discover they want more animals than they can have, some tough decisions must be made. Fortunately, this program teaches the decision-making skills that will allow your students to become good "zooconomists." The unit includes a reusable map for zoo design. Lessons have been correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Order Now: $30.

 

Grades 7-8


Arts Mart

Arts Mart Arts Mart is an experienced-based curriculum unit designed to complement a world history course. Students are engaged in a simulation that will help them make connections between their lives and events that happened centuries ago. Teachers select 3-4 cultures they wish to emphasize in their regular course. Students produce art to represent these cultures. Near the end of the year, students establish art museums and purchase art through auction to display in their museums. At the conclusion of the auction, students conduct tours for other students, teachers, and/or parents explaining the art and what they have learned. Lessons are correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards. Sponsored by Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc. Order Now: $35 | Download Lesson 1


Zooconomy II: Zoo Business (6th-8th grade)

Zooconomy II What are the goals of a business? How are business decisions made? Students learn about business firsthand as they become zoo managers and make business decisions. They learn what the zoo's goals are and how a rain forest exhibit would help the zoo achieve these goals. Zooconomy II: Zoo Business contains five lessons that develop analytical and critical thinking skills through economics, with an integration of science, math, and language arts. The unit contains dice and game pieces for the Rain Forest Game. Lessons are correlated to the Missouri Show-Me Standards.

Zooconomy is a FREE online resourse at zooconomy.umsl.edu. Sponsored by the Sunnen Foundation and UMSL. Order Now: $27.


Money Math: Lessons for Life (7th-8th grade)

Money Math Money Math: Lessons for Life includes four in-depth lessons to supplement middle school math curriculum using real-life examples about personal finance. Teachers need not be experts in personal finance to use Money Math: Lessons for Life in the classroom. The 86-page publication is a teacher's guide with lesson plans, reproducible activity pages, and teaching tips. Money Math: Lessons for Life is correlated to the National K-12 Personal Finance Standards and the NCTM Principles and Standards of Mathematics. Lessons were tested by teachers in the classroom and received rave reviews.

To obtain a FREE copy of Money Math: Lessons for Life, send an email request to moneymath@bpd.treas.gov. Visit www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/tools/tools_moneymath.htm to download individual lessons or a full version of Money Math: Lessons for Life.

Sponsored by Citi Office of Financial Education, Department of the Treasury, Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and UMSL.

 

Grades 9-12


The Artist as Entrepreneur

Artist as Entrepreneur The unique series of 15 online lessons targets high school students interested in entrepreneurship and learning about art as a business. The lessons are divided into five categores: entrepreneurship awareness, business planning, financials, negotiation, and arts-related law. The website also includes 18 interviews with diverse artists, including painters, illustrators, musicians, designers, and crafts persons.

The Artist as Entrepreneur is a FREE online resource at www.umsl.edu/continuinged/artist/index.html.

Sponsored by the Coleman Foundation and UMSL.

 
The Economics of Our Diverse Society

Economics of Our Diverse Society The Economics of Our Diverse Society: Lessons on Economic and Social Issues is a curriculum unit designed for courses in social studies, economics, and civics at the secondary level. The goals of this unit are to demonstrate that economics can help students understand complex issues related to diversity and to apply economic analysis to a variety of topics such as immigration, entrepreneurship, poverty, and boycotts and labor strikes. Students are introduced to relevant economic concepts, including incentives, exchange, decision making and opportunity costs, broad social goals, human capital, investment in human capital, and entrepreneurship. Order Now: $22 | Download Lesson 1


Excise Tax and Elasticity – Case of a Tax on Soft Drinks

Use this lesson to examine the impact of an excise tax on soft drinks. In the lesson, students explore the impact of an excise on market price and quantity, tax incidence, tax revenue, deadweight loss, and how the magnitude of the elasticity of demand affects these outcomes. This is a FREE online resource. Download whiteboard version (SMART Notebook) | Download PowerPoint version

 

Ordering Info

To order online, click the links by each publication description. You may also fax your order to (314) 516-5354. Postage is 10% of the total order. Discounts: 10% (15-49 units); 12% (50-99 units); 15% (100+ units). Payment is accepted by check or purchase order. For questions, please call us at (314) 516-5248 or email us at econed@umsl.edu. Prices are subject to change without notice.