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Curriculum Resources

In order for today’s students to become tomorrow’s effective citizens, workers and entrepreneurs they must have a firm and sound understanding of economics and personal finance. Teachers and school districts often lack the resources to purchase materials that are specifically designed to introduce these into the classroom. The Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE) offers high quality curriculum to teachers at a discount or free of charge. Each of these teacher resources is nationally recognized for educational excellence.

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Personal Finance Resources Economics Resources

Personal Finance Resources


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EconEdLink offers hundreds of free personal finance and economics lesson plans, videos, activities, tools, and more for K-12 teachers and their students.

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Financial Avenue

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Financial Avenue home of the Knowl. He’s an owl with a wealth of money knowledge. Explore the site, take some courses, read some tips and share the Knowl with anyone who needs a little money knowledge.

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Financial Fitness for Life®

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Financial Fitness for Life® (FFFL) is a comprehensive personal finance curriculum for K-12 students that teaches students how to make thoughtful, well-informed decisions about important aspects of personal finance, such as earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money. Great lessons and a student workbook. We get a 35% discount which we will pass on to our Nebraska schools. Here are links for the teacher’s edition and student workbook.

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Learning, Earning and Investing

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Learning, Earning and Investing This publication contains 21 lessons that provide active learning experiences to help students master the basics of investing. Lessons cover basics such as the language of financial markets, gathering information on investments, and the nature of financial institutions in the U.S. economy.

NextGen Personal Finance (NGPF)

NextGen Personal Finance (NGPF) Check out the NEW NGPF Academy page to learn more about this year's swag FREE Resources for Your Personal Finance Class. The site has personal finance lessons, arcade games, activities, courses and professional development opportunities.

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Economics Resources

Virtual Economics

This 'must-have' resource provides all the tools you need to create engaging economic and personal finance lessons including a hands-on approach to teaching that is relevant to how students learn in today's classroom. Simplify the way you teach K-12 economics and personal finance. Whether you're looking for comprehensive lesson plans, quiz and test materials, or after-school interactive activities to challenge small groups of students, you will find resources that are easy to use and just a click away.

Virtual Economics

Nebraska Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship In Your Community: Creating Your Own Career
  • Economics lessons for secondary teachers

  • Jamie Wagner, Jennifer Davidson, Sydney Kobza, Matthew Pierson, Gigi Wolf

  • Sponsored by Centris, Omaha Center for Economic Education, Nebraska Council on Economic Education

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History
Uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students.

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 1920s, but falter during the 1930s?

  • 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

Focus: Globalization
Harness the Power

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

Energy, Economics, and the Environment
Analyze Important and Timely Energy and Environment Issues

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

Focus: Grades K-2 Economics
Engage Students Interactively

Is it ever too early to 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

Energy, Economics, and the Environment
Give Your High School Students a Competitive Financial Advantage

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
Give Your High School Students a Competitive Financial Advantage

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.

Sesquicentennial Resource Site

Virtual Capitol

Classrooms 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