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We have a full schedule of workshops for educators, including Stock Market Game training, personal finance and economics in children’s literature. Just check the workshops you want to register for, fill in the blanks and hit “Register.” You’ll get confirmation and a reminder.

 1. The Stock Market Game -- Empowering Students to Invest ♦ Sept. 17, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ RCPS computer lab

This challenging classroom competition instills an understanding of the fundamentals of saving and investing and helps teach many basic academic skills such as math and research in exciting ways. Participants will learn how the stock market works and its role in the economy.Grades 4-12.

 2. Conducting a Classroom Mini-Economy (session 1) ♦ Sept. 18, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ JMU Center for Economic Education

An overview of a Mini-Economy: how it works, what it teaches and why it will motivate your students. Setting up a Mini-Economy in the classroom. Grades 4-8 with interest to Special Education and Gifted Ed.

 3. The Giver: Economics in Dystopian Literature ♦ Sept. 24, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ RCPS Computer Lab

Based on the award-winning book The Giver by Lois Lowry, this workshop features economic lessons that can be integrated into a literature unit or used as stand-alone activities in a social studies class. (The first 20 teachers to register receive a free hardcover copy of the book.) Grades 4-9.

 4. Conducting a Classroom Mini-Economy (session 2) ♦ Sept. 25, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ JMU Center for Economic Education

Featuring content connections in math, social studies, and language arts, this session highlights the “real world” aspects of a class Mini-Economy. Grades 4-8 with interest to Special Education and Gifted Ed.

 5. Conducting a Classroom Mini-Economy (session 3) ♦ Oct. 1, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ JMU Center for Economic Education

This session highlights culminating events such as class Market Days and the GEM Fair. Grades 4-8 with interest to Special Education and Gifted Ed.

 6. High School Economics: 3rd edition ♦ Oct. 15, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ JMU Center for Economic Education

This workshop features the new and revised edition of a time-tested teacher resource containing lessons and activities that will bring economic concepts to life! Selected lessons feature interactive online activities that connect to and extend the lessons both in class and as self-guided homework activities. (The first 10 teachers to register will receive a free copy of the book.) Grades 9-12.

 7. Something from Nothing: Opportunity Cost ♦ Nov. 11, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Smithland Elementary School

Based on a Jewish folktale, this picture book is full of economic concepts. Teach productive resources, specialization, and opportunity cost using interactive lessons based on Joseph’s grandfather's creativity with a progressively diminishing baby blanket. (The first 15 teachers to register will receive a free copy of the book.) Grades K-4.

 8. Economic Energizers and Kids' Carnival ♦ Nov 19, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ McGaheysville Elementary School

This interactive workshop is brought to you by the letter “E." Discover how to engage students in activities that get them out of their seats as they learn about productive resources, entrepreneurship and interdependence. Then become an active participant as Heather Gigliotti demonstrates her award-winning “Kid’s Carnival” unit. Grades K-4.

 9. Kizzy Ann Stamps ♦ Nov. 20, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ John C. Myers Elementary School

The book Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts, a Lynchburg College professor, is just the "hook" needed to teach the students about economic concepts of decision-making, cost-benefit analysis, and economic systems. This workshop includes handouts of standard correlated classroom-ready lessons and a free author-signed copy of the book to the first twenty who register. Grades 4-8.

 10. K-2 Can Do! Math and Economics ♦ Dec. 9, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Peak View Elementary School

This teacher resource book was developed to provide developmentally appropriate lessons for students in the primary grades. The lessons are active, varied, and written to appeal to young students. Each lesson provides a student-centered introduction of a basic economic concept that is reinforced through math activities. (The first twelve teachers to register will receive a free copy of the book). Grades K-3.

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Navigation notes: The JMU Center for Economic Education is located at the Ice House, 127 W. Bruce St., Harrisonburg, A map is available at this page.

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