Middle School

Try some of these lesson plans and classroom activities for teaching economics or personal finance.

Basic Economic Concepts

Factors Influencing the GDP
Using critical thinking and an engaging card-sorting activity, this Extra Credit lesson gets your students thinking about how a country's resources can influence its gross domestic product.
Spring 2015

History, literature, and economics in the middle school classroom
Reading the apartheid-era Journey to Jo'burg will help your middle school students learn about human capital, especially how apartheid affected the development of human capital. Extra Credit suggests this book and others for the middle school classroom.
Spring 2012

International

Factors Influencing the GDP
Using critical thinking and an engaging card-sorting activity, this Extra Credit lesson gets your students thinking about how a country's resources can influence its gross domestic product.
Spring 2015

Selling Korean tractors in Italy: Introducing middle school students to global linkages
Middle schoolers sometimes complain that the subject of economics doesn't relate to them. How can you get their interest? Start with a concrete story about how globalization touches them directly. Could they end up selling Caterpillars in Croatia? Medicine in Macedonia? Read more in Extra Credit.
Spring 2012

Macroeconomics

Factors Influencing the GDP
Using critical thinking and an engaging card-sorting activity, this Extra Credit lesson gets your students thinking about how a country's resources can influence its gross domestic product.
Spring 2015

All about Money Primer
How can Bart Simpson possibly help students understand about money? This article offers this primer, which weaves in a Simpsons episode, to help educators get their students to deepen their understanding of money and finance.
Fall 2013

Meet FRED's Brother, GeoFRED: Blending Technology, Geography, and Data
Do your middle schoolers need to learn how to analyze data? No problem! Do they need to hone their geography skills? Easy! Knock out both with GeoFRED, an online data mapping tool.
Spring 2013

Microeconomics

Battling dads illustrate supply and demand? Using movie clips in the economics classroom
The latest issue of Extra Credit discusses how clips from popular movies can extend learning beyond the textbook and help teachers reinforce some basic economics concepts.
Spring 2012

"Physical economics": Get students moving while they learn economics
Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. Extra Credit offers tips for incorporating physical activity in your economics lessons.
Spring 2012

Using humor and fiction to teach market basics to middle schoolers
Gary Paulsen's book Lawn Boy is a zany adventure about an enterprising boy looking for a way to make some cash. According to the latest issue of Extra Credit, this book is also an excellent tool for teaching your middle schoolers basic market terms.
Spring 2012

Personal Finance

Teaching economics and personal finance concepts to middle school students
Middle school teachers: take your teaching to the next level by sharing important life skills information with your students. In this month's edition of Extra Credit, two southeastern educators share their ideas for ways to integrate economics and personal finance into the curriculum.
Fall 2011

Banking and Budgeting
This five-day unit will introduce middle school students to the basics of budgeting and banking.
Spring 2008