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Economic Spotter: Inventors and Entrepreneurs in the Industrial Age

The Industrial Age has also been called the Age of Edison. Edison patented more than 1000 inventions and gave rise to three industries: electric utilities, phonograph and record companies, and the film industry. This lesson will help students see the relationship between inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and industries.

Grades: 3-5
Published: 11/08/2002

Peanuts, Pecans, and Peas, Please

George Washington Carver, a great scientist, changed the economy of the South with his agricultural knowledge. This lesson will investigate how the lowly peanut kept the cotton farmers from losing everything.

Grades: 3-5
Published: 08/22/2003

Spotlighting Entrepreneurs: The Sweet Success of Milton Hershey

Looking for a lesson that ties Common Core Standards in Reading Informational Text with Economics? This lesson spotlights the life of Milton S. Hershey and allows students to learn about the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship through a biographical sketch of one who experienced many bitter disappointments and sweet successes.

Grades: 3-5
Published: 07/23/2012

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Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature

This interdisciplinary curriculum guide helps teachers introduce their students to economics using popular children's stories.

Grades: 3-5
Published: 2006

5 out of 29 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Financial Fitness for Life: Grades 3-5 - Teacher Guide

This publication contains 15 lessons that complement the 3-5 Student Workbook. Specific to grades 3-5 are a variety of activities, including a guessing game using clues to identify various occupations; the story Urban Mouse and Rural Mouse which teaches students about entrepreneurs and opportunity recognition; and a role-playing activity in which students learn which method of payment is appropriate in a variety of situations.

Grades: 3-5
Published: 2010

3 out of 17 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Energy, Economics, and the Environment: Case Studies and Teaching Activities for Elementary School

This publication helps elementary students analyze energy and environment issues from an economics perspective.

Grades: 3-6
Published: 2006

2 out of 10 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.