Common Sense Economics

Detroit Public Schools Professional Development

Saturday Night Live Debt Skit

2013 Survey of Online Learning

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Common$ense Economics

Common Sense Economics is a highly readable book. It is written for those individuals wanting to understand how the economy works, what can be done to generate wealth, and how to make sound economic choices and financial decisions. This book covers the basic concepts of economics and applies them to both political and personal decision-making. It is divided into four parts:

(1) Twelve Key Elements of Economics

(2) Seven Major Sources of Economic Progress

(3) Economic Progress and the Role of Government

(4) Twelve Key Elements of Practical Personal Finance

Anatomy of a Module

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Supplemental Resources Used to Customize CSE

The Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game (SMG) is designed to support team-based, cooperative learning through lessons that engender student-centered teaching. Recent research in education supports the paradigm built by both advocates of instruction for multiple learning styles and supporters of the "No Child Left Behind" educational philosophy.

The Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game App

Yahoo Finance

H&R Block Budget Challenge

The H&R Block Budget Challenge is a free teen financial literacy program in the form of an online game that simulates real life as an adult: paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement, paying taxes and more. Participants play classroom against classroom and students against students in this learning-by-doing simulation to win $3 million in grants and scholarships.


A new-media learning platform that uses the latest technology – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.


St. Louis Federal Reserve Econlowdown

Award-winning, FREE classroom resources for K-16 educators to use to teach about money and banking, economics, personal finance and the Federal Reserve. FREE resources for consumers and others who want to learn about economics, personal finance and the Federal Reserve.


EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. With over 447 lessons to choose from, teachers can use as many of the lessons as they would like and as often as they would like.

Econedlink Educator Resources


eduCanon is an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content (screencasts, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students. By time-linking activities that students engage with as the video progresses the content is segmented into digestible components - increasing student engagement and, through our real-time monitoring, informing the next day’s lesson planning.


Income Inequality

Google Presentations

You can edit a file at the same time as other people with edit access in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings. When someone makes an edit, their change will automatically appear on your screen if you’re viewing the file, with their name next to their cursor so that you can see who is typing.

Ten Principles of Economics

Mail Chimp

Online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. Offers plug-ins for other programs.


Google Forms

Google Forms is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. The information is then collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet with the same name. The spreadsheet is populated with the survey and quiz responses.

Grading a Stock

PNC Christmas Price Index

Life Event-Budgeting & Saving

Life Event-Retirement

Pear Deck

With Pear Deck every learner can grapple with the question on his or her own screen. This means everyone is considering your question, not only those who raise their hands. When learners directly process the information and then create an answer, they will retain the information better than if they just passively listen.

The unique Pear Deck projector view allows aggregate answers to be displayed anonymously on the projector screen with the tap of a button. This provides the room an opportunity to learn from other answers, notice patterns, identify mistakes, and discuss each other’s ideas.

An an instructor, you can quickly see what each individual thinks on the instructor-only session console screen. Noticing a lot of wrong answers? Adapt! Take a pause, back up, re-explain.

How does Pear Deck Work?

End of Unit Project Ideas

Unit 1: Flipboard

Used to show applications of 12 key elements of economics.

Unit 2: Smore

Used to show 7 Sources of Economic Progress.

Unit 3: Thinglink

Entrepreneur report.

Unit 4: Spendster

Spendster showcases people's stories of impulse buying, overspending, or just plain wasting money on stuff they don't need. Check out their video confessions, then submit your own story.

Sample Weekly Schedule