In order for today’s children to become tomorrow's effective citizens, workers and entrepreneurs they must have a firm and complete understanding of economic and financial literacy topics. Teachers and school districts often lack the resources to purchase materials that are specifically designed to introduce the issues associated with economics and financial literacy into the classroom. The Council offers high quality curriculum to teachers free of charge. Each of these teacher resources is nationally recognized for educational excellence.

Curriculum materials are distributed to teachers through our five Centers for Economic Education in conjunction with teacher training and student programming.

Please contact us for additional information on obtaining any of these materials.

Sesquicentennial Resource Site

Virtual CapitolClassrooms of students regularly visit the Nebraska State Capitol each year. The Virtual Capitol Tour is a computer website created by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) that provides the ability to explore the Capitol in amazing detail from any classroom with an internet connection. Using computer generated avatars, the Sower, buffalo and features of the Capitol come to life and help to tell the history of the state, understand state government and inspire students to be engaged citizens. Many schools around the state are too far away to visit the Capitol as part of a field-trip but with the Virtual Capitol Tour students can now experience the Capitol as if they were walking through the halls of the building. Educational research has found that to make a field-trip a lasting educational experience, it is important that students engage in lessons prior to and following the field-trip. Pre and post field-trip lessons have been developed and classroom tested by Nebraska teachers and are available on the website below.

We are proud of our collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Education on the economic lessons for the Virtual Capitol Tour and the Student Atlas of Nebraska.

Sesquicentennial Resource Site

4th Grade Economic Lessons

Gen i Revolution

Welcome to the Gen i Revolution

Gen i Revolution

Developed for middle school and high school students, this online game gives your students the chance to learn important personal finance skills as they play and compete against fellow classmates.

The game includes sixteen Missions in which students attempt to help people in financial trouble. Students join the Gen i Revolution, strategically select their Operatives, and begin to explore and earn points as they work to complete each Mission.

Visit Gen i Revolution website

Nebraska and the World

A Resource Guide for Teachers
    Nebraska and the World
  • Tammie Fischer and Mary Lynn Reiser
  • Sponsored by the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Copyright ©2010 Nebraska Council on Economic Education, Permission to reproduce for classroom use only.

Virtual Economics

A Single Solution for Economics and Personal Finance
Virtual Economics CD

The Virtual Economics CD-ROM is loaded with interactive tools to help teachers better understand the principles and concepts of economics and personal finance. Within this tool is an extensive data base with over 1,200 lessons that can be referenced by grade level, concept or even by your state standards. In addition to the lesson plans and knowledge that this CD contains you will also find 51 class-room-ready multimedia explanations for key economic concepts.

State Farm Logo Virtual Economics was produced by the National Council on Economic Education with a generous grant from State Farm Insurance.

Nebraska Entrepreneur

Creating your Own Career
Economics Lessons for Secondary Teachers
  • Derry Trampe, Chuck Parker, Tammie Fischer, and Mary Lynn Reiser
  • Sponsored by the Nebraska Council on Economic Education
  • Printing by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Copyright ©2002 Nebraska Council on Economic Education, Permission to reproduce for classroom use only.

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students.

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Sure to capture the attention of your inquisitive and energetic students, these activity-based lessons give you a new, refreshing way to meet your U.S. History content goals, and infuse eye-opening economics material at the same time. Your students solve intriguing historical mysteries such as:

  • Why did the 13 American colonies prosper, when they had little to offer economically?
  • Is education beyond high school worth the cost?
  • Why did the economy grow during the 1920's, but falter during the 1930's?
  • Did the New Deal help, or hurt, economic recovery?
  • Why did the post-World War II years bring unprecedented prosperity and expansion to the American middle class?

Focus: Globalization

Harness the Power

Focus: Globalization Now high school teachers can harness the power of 12 mind-expanding lesson plans to frame the globalization debate in terms any student can understand.

With hands-on activities that cover the key concepts from trade to the environment to outsourcing you'll have a balanced set of tools that give your students the skills to compete in the global economy.

Energy, Economics, and the Environment

Analyze Important and Timely Energy and Environment Issues

Energy, Economics, and the Environment Want to challenge your upper elementary students to analyze energy and environment issues from an economics perspective? These lesson plans give teachers the tools -- and students the knowledge they need -- to analyze important and timely energy and environment issues. High school curriculum also available.

Focus: Grades K-2 Economics

Engage Students Interactively

Focus: Grades K-2 Economics Is it ever to early too teach economics to your elementary students? If you want to give them an early understanding of fundamental economics concepts, now is the time to integrate economics into your classroom.

These activity-based lessons give you a seamless way to infuse economics throughout your curriculum. This roadmap to teaching economics to young students gives you easy-to-use lesson plans, teaching tips and fun activities. You'll keep your students actively engaged, and also cover language arts, math and reading content at the same time.

Learning, Earning, and Investing

Give Your High School Students a Competitive Financial Advantage

Energy, Economics, and the Environment With this comprehensive investment education curriculum, you'll introduce your students to the ins-and-outs of long-term investing. They'll take a critical look at investment opportunities – mutual funds, stocks, bonds, and more – and uncover strategies for building lasting wealth. Middle School curriculum also available.

Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics

Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics contains 10 lessons that reintroduce an ethical dimension to economics in the tradition of Adam Smith, who believed ethical considerations were central to life. Utilizing these innovative instructional materials your students will learn about the important role ethics and character play in a market economy and how, in turn, markets influence ethical behavior.

The lessons do more than illustrate how ethical conduct improves an economy. They actively involve the students through simulations, group decision making, problem solving, classroom demonstrations and role playing. The lessons encourage students to think critically about ethical dilemmas.