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Kourilsky, Marilyn; Ballard-Campbell, Michael – Social Studies, 1984
Elementary children of all ability levels benefited from participating in the Mini-Society, which is a highly individualized economics education program. Significant gains in terms of economic decision making, attitude toward school, and attitude toward learning were manifested by low, middle, and high ability youngsters. (RM)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Cognitive Ability, Course Evaluation, Economics Education
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Kelton, Dave – Social Studies, 1976
Fourth and fifth grade students at Bulman Elementary School, Redford, Michigan, learn economics concepts by selling potato chips: company stocks are sold and part of the profit is invested in a student-run bank which has checking accounts and issues monthly statements. (AV)
Descriptors: Banking, Business, Business Skills, Economics
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Laney, James D.; Moseley, Patricia A. – Social Studies, 1994
Contends that the role of the arts in human education and development is essential. Describes an elementary curriculum project that integrates economics and art education to study visual images of U.S. business. Includes three descriptive figures, a table of subthemes and visual art images, and a sample lesson plan. (CFR)
Descriptors: Art Criticism, Art Education, Art History, Business
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Laney, James D. – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that economics education is a desirable goal for the elementary curriculum because elementary students can learn and understand economic concepts. Reviews four "Teaching-Learning Principles" based on empirical research about learning effectiveness. Applies these principles to economic concepts such as scarcity, cost-benefit analysis, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Economics, Economics Education
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Presnell, Laurie L.; Shaw, Donna Gail – Social Studies, 1988
Describes a student teacher's experiences using a classroom simulation to teach fifth graders about the world of work. Summarizes the economic concepts and principles that were illustrated through the simulation of a candy factory. Discusses student activities and reporting in the five-six day lesson and includes a list of resources for teaching…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Economics Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Yeargan, Howard; Hatcher, Barbara – Social Studies, 1985
Described is a project in which third graders create their own corporation--a cupcake factory--and learn first-hand about economic principles and the decisions that businesses must make in the market economy. The cupcake factory is one example of how enterprising educators can make economics comprehensible and captivating. (RM)
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Course Descriptions, Discovery Learning, Economics Education
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Schug, Mark C. – Social Studies, 1996
Provides an overview, guidelines, and specific suggestions for introducing economic thinking to elementary school children. Utilizes examples from US history (buffalo hunting, cattle farming) to illustrate economic concepts. Includes an appendix that frames economic concepts as mysteries with clues (and answers) provided. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Economic Change, Economic Factors, Economic Impact
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Swets, Judith Lee – Social Studies, 1992
Discusses "How Does a Community Work," a Junior Achievement economic education program for second graders. Explains that the lessons teach children about how people live together and the job choices available in a community. Describes how the program fits into a social studies curriculum on neighborhoods and communities. (DK)
Descriptors: Business Education, Community, Decision Making Skills, Economics Education
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Rader, William D. – Social Studies, 1995
Describes the origins, development, and activities of the Elementary School Economics Project at the University of Chicago during the "New Social Studies" era of the 1960s. Maintains that the program was compatible with the social science and inquiry-based instructional strategies popular at that time. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Economics, Economics Education
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David, Carol – Social Studies, 1989
Reports on a comparative study of two fifth-grade classes (Louisville, Kentucky) whose members learned economic principles through the establishment of a classroom grocery store. Provides a review of the literature relating to economic education and simulations, discusses the actual classroom instruction, and describes the instrument used to…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Consumer Education
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Koeller, Shirley; And Others – Social Studies, 1989
Looks at the way community interaction with students developed from the "The McWhorter Book" project at McWhorter Elementary School (Lubbock, Texas). States that the project was designed to respond to drop-out problems. Preparing advertisements for local businesses helped students develop a deeper understanding of the community and of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Schools, Bilingual Students, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education
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Hatcher, Barbara; Nicosia, R. Tim – Social Studies, 1988
Describes an elementary school program of free enterprise education that involves students in real, money-making business activities. Discusses previous class projects and methods for integrating all aspects of education into this program. Provides guidelines for starting a similar program. (GEA)
Descriptors: Business, Class Activities, Economics Education, Elementary Education