Teacher Resources


The Dordt University Center for Economic Education (CEE) staff exists to help you make your classroom an amazing place for children to learn economics and personal finance. Here are a few ways we can help:

Workshops: Throughout the year the Dordt University Center for Economic Education will offer workshops for teachers introducing new materials for the K-12 classroom. As workshops are scheduled for the coming year they will be posted on the website.

Newsletter: Subscribe to our monthly newsletter "Here's an Idea..." to get all the latest information, lesson plans, creative ideas and more sent to your inbox.

Professional Development Activities: The center can work with school districts to plan activities for strengthening teachers' knowledge and classroom strategies in economics and financial literacy for K-12. Programs can be designed for teacher in-service days and offer specific topics districts may request. We can also bring our workshops (see above) to your school. Contact the CEE to arrange for specialized professional offerings for your district or school.

District Consultation: Does your district or school need to create a new course offering or revise standards and benchmarks in economics or personal finance? The center staff can assist in working with faculty or district personnel and give advice on the latest state and national standards in K-12 economics and personal finance. We also have a library of teaching materials and curriculum in our Dordt College office.  We welcome you to stop by our campus anytime to look over the materials. 

Teaching to Iowa Standards: CEE has many helpful links on its website look under: Classroom Resources) and we expand the list regularly. We have aligned many resources to the 2017 Iowa standards, the Jump$tart standards, and the National Voluntary Standards in Economics. Nationally designed and normed assessments available from the Council for Economic Education have been correlated to the Iowa content standards. Information about obtaining the assessment instruments for your school or district can be found on the National Council website.

Additional Economic Education information and teaching ideas are available on these external links: 

  • BloomBoard: The 'Best of the Best' in economic teaching resources gathered into one convenient place. Check out the Council for Economic Education BloomBoard! 
  • EconEdReviewsSearchable site for lesson plans, activities, and more.
  • Council for Economic Education: Premier national economic education organization; curriculum; resources; local contacts; research
  • Foundation for Teaching Economics: Teacher programs and training, student programs, lesson plans, resources and more...


classroom Resources

Teaching Economics with Children's Literature is a spreadsheet listing many children's books, with descriptions of their economics content for teachers, brought to you by the Dordt University Center for Economic Education. Please email vicki.vermeer@dordt.edu to have a copy emailed to you.

Online Simulations and Games is a listing of simulations and games about economic principles and financial literacy that have been reviewed by CEE staff. Simulations and games have been organized according to grade level. (Currently under construction)

EconEdLink: Hundreds of economics lessons

The goal of Economics Academy 101 is to provide videos, lesson plans and Web activities that help students, through hands-on activities, to understand both the role of economics in our society and the role it plays in the 'economic' world. Students need an awareness of how they are affected by the economy and how they, in turn, affect the economy. Economics Academy 101 is for Grades 4 through 8. The teacher's guide for the program can be found here

Cowin Financial Literacy Program is a financial literacy initiative, designed to bring experiential learning about personal finance into under-resourced, high school classrooms. This first-of-its-kind initiative provides high school teachers with intensive professional development and customized curricula. The program, developed by Teachers College, Columbia University, offers eight free case studies that can be integrated into existing curriculum. Download the case studies for free at http://lootinc.tc.columbia.edu/.

MoneyTeach is home to numerous lessons, guides, and other materials centered around financial education. Lesson can be used independently, or entire semesters of materials can be used in sequence. Educators sign up for a free account and the resources are available with insights and best practices from experienced peers.

Econlowdown provides award-winning, free classroom resources for pre-K through college educators to teach about economics, personal finance, money and banking, and the Federal Reserve. Their site also has free resources for consumers and parents who want to learn about these topics.

The Iowa Department of Revenue is pleased to continue its work with the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition to promote financial literacy education. That education should include basic knowledge about how to complete a tax return. To assist with the development of that knowledge, the department has created a student packet with examples, exercises, and instructions for teachers to expose students to the basics of completing an Iowa 1040 Individual Income tax return. The department encourages the usage of this packet and welcomes any questions you may have about the information presented. Please contact idr@iowa.gov.

EverFi - Financial Literacy uses online gaming and simulation to introduce practical financial literacy skills. Students earn a certification upon completion of the 9, 40-minute modules. Topics include paying for higher education, investing, and credit scores. It is appropriate for grades 9-12. Watch a video preview of the course.

Vault - Understanding Money (presented by EverFi) uses online gaming and simulation to introduce financial literacy skills. Students earn a certification upon completion of the 6, 40-minute modules. Topics include wants versus needs, responsible money choices, and savings versus investing. It is appropriate for grades 4-6. View a three-minute video demonstration of the course.  After a 10-minute training, teachers will be able to utilize the courses immediately. Please contact Lincoln at lincoln@everfi.com if you have questions or would like your registration information.

EconEdReviews Provides a searchable platform for teachers to find economic and financial education lessons and videos from many vetted sources across the web. Teachers provide reviews after using lessons; thus teachers' reviews become an important criterion for selection and use by other teachers. Each lesson can be downloaded for classroom use from its original website, and after use, teachers are encouraged to return to EconEdReviews to add their own review for future teachers. Over 1300 lessons are cataloged, with additional materials added monthly.