EconEdLink Update

November 2009

Council for Economic Education

In this issue:

Featured Lessons:

Other Areas of Interest:

Featured Lessons:

Every Penny Counts
You know that five dollars you got for your birthday? There are so many things you can spend it on, arenít there? A toy boat to sail on the pond, a doll to play with or a jump rope. A lot of stores sell the very same things, where should you buy? You are a smart consumer if you pay the smallest amount for the thing you buy. Follow two stories of Josh and then see if you can make the smart spending decision by comparing prices.

Grades K-2:

Competition Works in Our Flavor
Competition provides benefits for consumers. First, more competition means consumers have more choices of goods and services. Second, when more firms are offering goods and services, competition often leads to lower prices.

Grades 3-5, 6-8:

The Effects of the Recession
The students learn how a recession affects our economy, and how it might affect them personally.They examine the role the federal government has played in dealing with the current recession. They analyze their thoughts about what role the federal government should play in dealing with a recession., and how demand and supply interact with price changes.

Grades 6-8:

The Family Vacation
Students will take a surprise trip around the world. As they travel, they will use clues to discover where they are going. They will then figure out how much money they have spent in U.S. dollars, using exchange rates.

Grades 6-8, 9-12:

Other Areas of Interest:


myEconEdLInkA GREAT new feature has been added to EconEdLink at

We have introduced a myEconEdLink feature that gives you the ability to save lessons, add notes to your saved lessons, and be notified when new resources are available. This feature can be found in the upper right corner of the EconEdLink homepage. You will need to provide basic information for the login -- this information will help us to customize your user experience. Once you have submitted your information you will then need to go to your email account and authenticate your login information.

Once you have logged in you will be able to save lessons, add notes to these saved lessons, and will be provided with related lessons to the lessons you have saved. You will also be notified when new lessons are published. This feature will grow as we find more uses for it and as users provide us with suggestions on how to improve it.

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Interactives on EconEdLink

Interactives page
EconEdLink provides engaging interactives for many of the over 600 lessons. The majority of the interactives have been designed to support the content that the lesson incorporates. The design of the lesson is to have the students go through the lesson and develop a better understanding of the content. Throughout the lesson you will notice that there is at least one interactive for the student to use. This interactive is design to enhance the understanding of the economic concept(s) presented in the lesson.

We have provide a page on EconEdLink that catalogues many of the interactives that can be used in the classroom. This page lists the interactives and the lesson that the interactive can be used with. The list can be sorted by grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12). This will provide you with a way to use our many engaging interactives within you classroom.

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Edited by John LeFeber,
Curriculum and Instructional Developer Project Manager
Council for Economic Education
Lincoln NE Office
215 N. 8th Street, Suite 215
Lincoln, NE 68508

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The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. Each year, the Council's programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 30 other countries. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations. EconEdLink is a program of the Council for Economic Education and a member of the Thinkfinity consortium. EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom tested, internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. EconEdLink continues to offer content based interactives that enhance more 628 lessons, and assist students as they explore economic concepts.