What I know about economics and personal finance? Think of the smallest possible measuring container and what I know about economics and personal finance would probably come close to filling that container.

Think of that Sam Cooke song – “Don’t Know Much About History.” Replace history with economics. That’s me.

I never had an official econ course in my life. Yeah. I know. If it makes you feel better, I have had some economics workshops and I know a lot of very smart economics people. (Looking at you Brian Richter.)

So this morning was a huge learning opportunity for me. Angela Howdeshell from the Kansas Council for Economics Education spent two hours with our social studies PLC group.

Awesome stuff.

Angela shared all sorts of great ideas and free goodies with teachers. She highlighted  some of the handy stuff on both the KCEE site as well as the national economics site.

And she shared a site I hadn’t seen before.

Classroom C.L.U.E.s (Children’s Literature for Understanding Economics) is a website designed to help teachers find books to teach economic concepts to elementary students. The site says K-6 but I know that many middle school kids are reading below grade level and would benefit from the resources you’re gonna find at Classroom C.L.U.E.s.

Each book on this website has been hand-picked and annotated by economic educators to highlight the economics and offer ideas for using the books in the classroom. The site is searchable by keyword, author, title, grade level, related curricular subject, and/or economic concept.

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It’s a powerful tool for finding a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction resources that are aligned to the Common Core literacy standards and that support social studies best practices.

You might be a bit like me – struggling to figure out how to integrate economic concepts into my instruction. But even if you’re an econ genius, head over to Classroom C.L.U.E.s. You’re gonna leave smarter.