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Popular 'Play Dough Economics' Curriculum Revised and Updated

(PRWEB) March 13, 2006 -- The National Council on Economic Education
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 (NCEE) announced today the revised and updated publication of Play Dough Economics: Motivating Activities for Teaching Economics to Elementary and Middle School Students.

 “  When students have fun in the classroom, we know they are more likely to take that knowledge with them into the real worl...  
A perennial bestseller, Play Dough Economics brings key economics concepts to life for elementary and middle school students by using hands-on activities with attention-grabbing Play Dough™ modeling clay. A prominent feature in the updated edition is a language
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 arts component called "Literature Connections," which reinforces economic concepts by integrating them with popular children’s books and stories.

"When students have fun in the classroom, we know they are more likely to take that knowledge with them into the real world," said Robert Duvall, NCEE president and CEO. "With the innovative methods presented in this new edition of Play Dough Economics, key economic concepts come to life, making economics fun for students and teachers alike."

Each of the 15 lesson plans contains step-by-step procedures, follow up activities, and worksheets covering key subjects such as scarcity, opportunity cost, profit, goods vs. services, saving & investing, supply & demand, and inflation. The updated edition also contains pre- and post-tests with answer keys, additional curriculum resources to give teachers a variety of flexible reinforcement activities, and even a recipe for making play dough.

Sample lessons include setting up an assembly line for making Play Dough™ hamburgers, creating a store to sell goods, using play money, and of course, plenty of sculpting with Play Dough™. Each of the lessons are correlated to the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics, meaning teachers can be sure that their students are getting the information they need to make smart choices in their lives as consumers and buyers.

Dr. John Hail, an Associate Professor at Missouri State University says, "Play Dough Economics is the best single economic education curriculum I have used during my career. It is comprehensive, teacher friendly, activity-oriented, highly motivating, and fun! The explanations of economic concepts are excellent and it is cost effective. Even though it was written for K-8 students, I have found Play Dough Economics to be very valuable beyond the 8th grade. I have used it in my college classes and worked with many high school teachers who use it with their students. Whenever and wherever I use Play Dough Economics it is a hit."

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 more about Play Dough Economics or to place an order, visit http://store.ncee.net/playdougheconomics.html

About the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE)
The NCEE (www.ncee.net) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving economic and financial literacy. Both directly and through its unique nationwide network of state Councils and more than 200 university based Centers for Economic Education, NCEE’s programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in more than 70,000 schools each year.


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