The Economics of Entrepreneurship

Grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th


This workshop will cover economics and entrepreneurship for grades 3-5. Lessons are aligned to State of Michigan Social Studies content standards, integrating with science, reading, and language arts. Participants will have the opportunity to work through the curriculum that provides lessons incorporating economics principles with the fundamentals of creating a business. The entrepreneurial mindset will be developed using various activities. The curriculum can also be used in preparation for market day activities.

Participants will receive:

  • Lesson plans containing interactive activities,
  • Grade level trade book,
  • 4.5 SCECHs
  • $50 gift card for classroom supplies
  • Lunch

Teachers will be encouraged to participate with their students in an entrepreneurship fair on the campus of UM-Flint in December.


Students who develop an entrepreneurship mindset possesses a set of skills that enable them to pursue new learning opportunities with confidence. Educators will leave this session with resources to help make that happen while simultaneously helping students meet upper elementary Michigan Economic Standards in an engaging way.

Date, Location, Time

Tuesday, Aug. 20th, 9am-3pm

2413 West Maple Avenue

Flint, MI

  • Erwin L. Davis Education Center
  • Room F
  • 4.5 SCECHs
  • Lunch provided
  • No registration fee


Terry Groves is a Lecturer of Economics at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she teaches in the Social Studies TCP program. Terry was the K-8 Social Studies Chair and taught fourth through eighth social studies for the Grand Blanc School District for 23 years. She holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Michigan-Flint, an M.A.T. from Marygrove College, and an EdS in Administration from Oakland University.


Paula Nas is the Director of University Outreach and the Center for Economic Education at the University of Michigan-Flint She has also been a lecturer of Economics at UM-Flint for the past 25 years. She holds an MA in Economics from Michigan State University and a JD from Wayne State University Law School. Paula’s primary academic fields of interest are law and economics and microeconomic theory.

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