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Grade-Specific Classroom Resources

One way the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Economic Education team serves educators across the district is by providing engaging and relevant curriculum and resources for the classroom. To help educators identify age-specific resources, the team has put together a list of Dallas Fed and Federal Reserve System resources for elementary school, middle school, high school and college age groups.

Elementary

Resource TEKS (if applicable)
My Money (FRB Richmond)
Topics in this educational workbook include money, coin equivalents, jobs, goods, services and bartering.
Bunny Money—Literacy-Based Lessons (FRB Kansas City)
Introduce students to short-term and long-term savings goals through the book Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells and complementary lesson plan.
Grades PK–2
Key vocabulary: saving, income, spending, personal finance, savings goal, long-term, short-term, counting, money, children's literature
Sweet Potato Pie—Literacy-Based Lessons (FRB Kansas City)
Introduce students to key information entrepreneurs should consider before starting a business through the book Sweet Potato Pie by Kathleen D. Lindsey and complementary lesson plan.
Grades 3–5
Key vocabulary: entrepreneur, children's literature, children's book, labor, resources, profit, loan, interest, incentive
The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford—Literacy-Based Lessons (FRB Kansas City)
Introduce students to the concepts of consumers, producers and price through the book The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford by Suzanne Slade and complementary lesson plan.
Grades 3–5
Key vocabulary: producers, consumers, costs versus benefits, costs, invention, problem
Time for Cranberries—Literacy-Based Lessons (FRB Kansas City)
Introduce students to entrepreneurship through the book Time for Cranberries by Lisl Detlefsen and complementary lesson plan.
Grades 3–5
Key concepts: careers and income, entrepreneurship
Those Shoes—Literacy-Based Lessons (FRB Kansas City)
Introduce students to the concepts of wants versus needs through the book Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts and complementary lesson plan.
Grades PK–5
Key concepts: economics, personal finance
Piggy Bank Primer: Savings and Budgeting Lesson from Grades 2–4 (FRB St. Louis)
Through a story and activities, introduce students to economic concepts such as saving, spending, budgeting, wants, goods, services and opportunity cost. Available in English and Spanish.
Key concepts: wants, budget/money management, saving, decision-making, opportunity cost
Fifty Nifty Econ Cards (FRB Kansas City)
Designed for elementary and middle school students to assist them in developing a knowledge base of economic and personal finance words.

Middle School

Resource TEKS (if applicable)
Economy in Action (in person)
The Economy in Action exhibit invites visitors to learn about the nation's central bank and the vital part it plays in the economy, explore the nation's early history of banking and currency, and eavesdrop on early conversations that led to Dallas being selected the Eleventh District Bank.
7th Grade Social Studies: §113.19.c.12
8th Grade Social Studies: §113.20.b.12.b
Economy in Action (360 virtual tour)
The Economy in Action exhibit invites visitors to learn about the nation's central bank through an interactive virtual experience.
7th Grade Social Studies: §113.19.c.12
8th Grade Social Studies: §113.20.b.12.b
Explore the Dallas Fed (mobile guide)
A complementary resource that can be used to enhance the experience of the 360 virtual tour or in-person exhibit by adding an additional interactive element.
7th Grade Social Studies: §113.19.c.12
8th Grade Social Studies: §113.20.b.12.b
Virtual Fed 101 Talk
Discover the purpose , structure, and functions of the Federal Reserve with a Dallas Fed Ambassador. Fed 101 presentations are suitable for students in middle through post-secondary. This experience includes a 30 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A with a Dallas Fed employee. Leaders of student groups can request a presentation.
Dollars & Sense (FRB Richmond)
An interactive game for middle and high school students that allows them to select a lifestyle and learn to budget accordingly and manage savings.
Fifty Nifty Econ Cards (FRB Kansas City)
Designed for elementary and middle school students to assist them in developing a knowledge base of economic and personal finance words.
Navigate: Exploring College and Careers
A publication that introduces students to the investigation of careers and college. This publication is designed for 7th through 9th grade students and includes both teacher and student handbooks
Money
This publication addresses the growth of money from a barter system, the function and characteristics of money, inflation and traces the history of American currency.
Flocabulary – Budgeting
Recognizing the power of hip hop to reach diverse populations of students and to foster a love for learning, Flocabulary combines interactive tools to help students master content, build vocabulary and develop 21st-century skills. This lesson focuses on budgeting (includes a 30-day free trial).
6th Grade Math: 111.26.14
7th Grade Math: 111.27.13b

High School

Resource TEKS (if applicable)
Economy in Action (in person)
The Economy in Action exhibit invites visitors to learn about the nation's central bank and the vital part it plays in the economy, explore the nation's early history of banking and currency, and eavesdrop on early conversations that led to Dallas being selected the Eleventh District Bank.
Economics: §113.31.c.11, §113.31.c.12
Money Matters: §130.182.c.6.D
Banking and Financial Services: §130.186.c.2.a, §130.186.c.2.b
Federal Law Enforcement and Protective Services: §130.341.c.14.a
Economy in Action (360 virtual tour)
The Economy in Action exhibit invites visitors to learn about the nation's central bank through an interactive virtual experience.
Same as above
Explore the Dallas Fed (mobile guide)
A complementary resource that can be used to enhance the experience of the 360 virtual tour or in-person exhibit by adding an additional interactive element.
Virtual Fed 101 Talk
Discover the purpose , structure, and functions of the Federal Reserve with a Dallas Fed Ambassador. Fed 101 presentations are suitable for students in middle through post-secondary. This experience includes a 30 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A with a Dallas Fed employee. Leaders of student groups can request a presentation.
Dollars & Sense (FRB Richmond)
An interactive game for middle and high school students that allows them to select a lifestyle and learn to budget accordingly and manage savings.
Navigate: Exploring College and Careers
A publication that introduces students to the investigation of careers and college. This publication is designed for 7th through 9th grade students and includes both teacher and student handbooks
Money
This publication addresses the growth of money from a barter system, the function and characteristics of money, inflation and traces the history of American currency.
Infographic Posters (FRB Atlanta)
Order or print these infographics that explain key concepts of financial capability and economics.
The Federal Reserve and You Videos (FRB Philadelphia)
Video series composed of seven segmented chapters that walks students through the purposes and functions of the Federal Reserve System and more.
Building Wealth Classroom Lesson Plans
A complement to the Building Wealth publication that includes instructional objectives, interactive classroom activities, procedural documents and assessments.
Building Wealth
This resource is an introduction to personal finance for educators, community organizations, and banks to help individuals to develop and plan for building personal wealth. The Texas State Board of Education approved Building Wealth is a resource for professional learning standards in high school economics classes.
The Fed
The Federal Reserve publication covers the histroy of the banking system in the United States, the creating of the Federal Reserve, the role and tools of the Fed. It supports Texas state standards (TEKS) found in Economics and Banking and Financial Systems.

College/University

Resource
Economy in Action (in person)
The Economy in Action exhibit invites visitors to learn about the nation's central bank and the vital part it plays in the economy, explore the nation's early history of banking and currency, and eavesdrop on early conversations that led to Dallas being selected the Eleventh District Bank. While the exhibit is currently closed to the public, we encourage you to check out our virtual Fed 101 talks with a Dallas Fed Ambassador.
Economy in Action (360 virtual tour)
The Economy in Action exhibit invites visitors to learn about the nation's central bank through an interactive virtual experience.
Explore the Dallas Fed (mobile guide)
A complementary resource that can be used to enhance the experience of the 360 virtual tour or in-person exhibit by adding an additional interactive element.
Virtual Fed 101 Talk
Discover the purpose , structure, and functions of the Federal Reserve with a Dallas Fed Ambassador. Fed 101 presentations are suitable for students in middle through post-secondary. This experience includes a 30 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A with a Dallas Fed employee. Leaders of student groups can request a presentation.
The Federal Reserve and You Videos (FRB Philadelphia)
Video series composed of seven segmented chapters that walks students through the purposes and functions of the Federal Reserve System and more.
Building Wealth
This resource is an introduction to personal finance for educators, community organizations, and banks to help individuals to develop and plan for building personal wealth. The Texas State Board of Education approved Building Wealth is a resource for professional learning standards in high school economics classes.
The Fed
The Federal Reserve publication covers the histroy of the banking system in the United States, the creating of the Federal Reserve, the role and tools of the Fed. It supports Texas state standards (TEKS) found in Economics and Banking and Financial Systems.
Money
This publication addresses the growth of money from a barter system, the function and characteristics of money, inflation and traces the history of American currency.
Economic Scholars Program
An annual undergraduate research conference that encourages student participation in all facets of economic research.
Women in Economics
A two-event program to spotlight demographic trends of women in the economics profession, provide a forum to discuss the implications of these trends and provide guidance on how to enter the field.
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