Thursday, December 4, 2008

Books for Economics in the Elementary Grades: The Tale of Despereaux

Those of you with children in upper elementary school and those of you who teach at that level are probably aware of the Newberry Award winning book, The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo. My hunch is you are probably also aware that the book has been made into a movie and that The Tale of Despereaux movie will premier later this month.

While I have no privileged information regarding the film, I can now report that there are now three lessons tied to the book on the web site of the Powell Center for Economic Literacy. The three lessons examine the concepts of choices, Institutions, and Wants & Resources in the book, and can be used to help students gain a different and valuable appreciation for the book, as well as how the basic idea of economics - decision-making - is all around us; and how we use the various resources at our disposal to satisfy wants of all kinds.

I hope you'll look at these lessons, and please share your thoughts and experiences with us.

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