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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 -- Learning across the Curriculum ♦ Jan. 23, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ RCPS computer lab

This workshop is for new and veteran Stock Market Game teachers interested in cross-curricular applications of personal finance and asset markets. Learn how to use the game effectively in the classroom and take full advantage of the many readily available lesson plans, projects, and competitions. Grades 4-12.

 2. Children’s Literature with Strong Economic Content ♦ Feb. 5, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ John Wayland Elementary School

Featuring Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington, Lucky Beans, and Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. Workshop includes SOL correlated lesson plans and a topical bibliography. Grades K-8.

 3. Old McDonald to Uncle Sam ♦ Feb. 20, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Cub Run Elementary School

This teacher resource book incorporates six lesson plans for children from elementary to high school. This book contains at least one lesson for each grade level. These lessons are of special interest for those teaching about the contrasts between free market and command economies, and about the transition to free markets in much of Europe. Grades K-12.

 4. Dragons Decide: The Newly Revised Coloring Book ♦ March 19, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Smithland Elementary School

This workshop features lessons based on Dragons Decide, an excellent resource for either introducing or reviewing economic concepts with the students. Important concepts from the Standards of Learning are more readily understood when the students can apply them to the members of the Dragon family. Each teacher will receive a set of the newly revised coloring books courtesy of the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Grades K-5.

 5. Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics ♦ April 3, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Turner Ashby High School

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. These lessons 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. Grades 6-12.

 6. Using Dr. Seuss to Teach Economics ♦ April 23, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Peak View Elementary School

Learn that The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who! are full of economic content. This session also features content from the book, Dr. Seuss Goes to War, based on Theodor Geisel’s political cartoons. Grades K-12.

 7. Adventures in Economics and U.S. History Volume 3 ♦ May 1, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Skyline Middle School

This book contains sixteen hands-on lessons including topics such as the incentives of immigrants, the costs and benefits of industrialization, Martin Luther King and civil rights. All of the lessons have literature links and reproducible handouts as well as games, simulations or songs. Grades 3-6.

 8. Yummy Economics ♦ May 7, 3:45-5:45 p.m. ♦ Ice House, 217 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg

This workshop features “tried and true” economic lessons that use chocolate, doughnuts or pizza to motivate student learning. After participating in these interactive lessons, teachers can take a tour of the Center for Economic Education's new facility in the Ice House, a mixed-use development in a historically significant and thoroughly renovated building. Grades K-12.

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Navigation notes: The JMU Center for Economic Education is moving to the Ice House development, 217 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, in January 2014. A map is available at this page.

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