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Program Tips & Tidbits
March 2020
 
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
March 2
 
Article ImageTheodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, wrote many famous books which won him wide recognition and appreciation. In 1954, he was approached by William Ellsworth Spaulding, the director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin, to write a book using only 250 of preselected 348 words which William thought were important for first grade students to learn. The idea was inspired by a report published in Life magazine on illiteracy among school children. The report said that children were unable to learn reading because their books were boring. The result was “The Cat in the Hat”; a perfect blend of Geisel’s verse rhythms, drawing skills and imaginative power. This book along with others written for your young children, were huge success both at national and international level.
 
Here are a few Dr. Seuss books with ready to use econ lessons!
Thanks to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and EconEdLink for these great lessons.
 

ECON ON LOCATION: WORLD WAR II AND ECON CONNECTIONS
March 9 Webinar
 
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 Looking for great resources to teach World War II and economics? Then, this webinar is for you! You will discover resources that are available through the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Economics Arkansas.
 
Participants will receive:
Curriculum Kit from the National World War II Museum
 
WHEN:                                                                 
Monday, March 9                               
3:30-4:15 pm       
 
Target Audience: Middle and Secondary Educators
 
Register here.

BARBIE DAY
March 9
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March 9th is the anniversary of the day the Barbie doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York in 1959. March 9th,1959 is also used as Barbie’s official birthday.
 
Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based extensively on television advertising. It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries.
 
Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she was created by Ruth Handler.  Ken Carson, Barbie’s boyfriend, was introduced by Mattel in 1961.
 
The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank has a lesson titled Barbie in the Workplace. Since 1920, women have more than doubled their share of the labor force. More women are working, but has the type of work they do advanced similarly? What were the top occupations for women 20, 60, and 100 years ago, and how do those occupations compare with women's choices today?
 
In this lesson, students use primary documents to review historical trends in women's share of the labor force and chosen occupations. Using Barbie careers as a timeline, they speculate as to why Barbie represented certain careers for girls at different points in time since 1959. Find it here.
 

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN $1,000?
March 10, April 7 Webinars
Please consider submitting a creative economics or financial literacy project in our annual state awards program. Join us to learn how you can submit your creative project. You might just be the next Bessie B. Moore Award Winning Educator!
 
WHEN:
Tuesday, March 10 at 3:30 pm. Register here.
Wednesday, April 7 at 3:30 pm. Register here.
 
Need a different time/date?
Contact Marsha at marsha@economicsarkansas.org 
 

THE TRADE GAME: MOUNTAIN HOME
March 10
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Economists love to talk about trade. Why is that? Canadians want oranges in the middle of winter and have no way to efficiently grow them on their own. Trading is a way to encourage Florida orange grove owners to produce more than they, their family and friends could ever eat to give to people who are able to do other things that they could also trade.
 
In the trade game, participants learn how to demonstrate some of the benefits of trade to their students and to think through questions like, “When is a trade a fair trade?” and “How can we increase the benefits that individuals in poor countries receive from being trading partners with rich countries?”
 
Participants will receive:
  • 2 hours of professional development credit
  • ready to use resources
  • light snacks
  • $25 stipend
WHEN:
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
4:15 pm-6:15 pm
 
WHERE:
Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County, 300 Library Hill Ln, Mountain Home, AR 72653
 
Register here.

NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY
March 14
 
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America's #1 snack food is recognized each year on this day. Legend has it that we have Chef George Crum to thank for this tasty treat. On August 24,1853, an unhappy restaurant customer kept complaining his potatoes were too thick and soggy. He kept sending them back to Crum. Finally, Crum decided to slice them as thin as possible. He fried them until they were very crispy and added extra salt. To the chef's surprise, the customer loved them! 

It seems that Americans continue to love them. Stastita estimates that 281.46 million Americans consumed potato chips in 2019. Why not use the PACED Decision Making Model to help your students select their favorite chip in a blind taste test?
 
Here are two fun videos on the topic:
 
Would you like a copy of George Crum and the Saratoga Chip? Stay tuned to Economics Arkansas social media for ways to win!

ECON ON LOCATION: COOKING MATTERS AT THE STORE
March 19, April 16
 
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Cooking Matters at the Store is a grocery store tour that provides participants with hands-on nutrition education and empowerment.
 
 
Goals of the tour include:
  • Planning and budgeting for healthy, affordable meals
  • Discovering economical ways to buy fruits and vegetables
  • Calculating and comparing unit prices
  • Reading nutrition labels and ingredient lists
Participants will receive:
  • 2 hours or professional development
  • Resources
  • $25 stipend
 
Little Rock, March 19, 2020 
4:00-6:00 pm
Kroger, 8415 W. Markham Street, Little Rock
Register here
 
Conway, April 16, 2020
4:00-6:00 pm
Harps, 1120 E. German Lane, Conway
Register here.

NATIONAL AG DAY
March 24
 
Article ImageMarch 24th marks National Agriculture Day, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.
 
The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:
  • understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.
  • value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
  • acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.
Check out resources for National Ag Day here.
 
Also, check out Arkansas Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom resources here.

ECON IN THE ROCK: ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MAKERSPACES, ECON...OH, MY!
March 30
 
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Have you been to the Innovation Hub? If you haven't, don't miss this professional development! If you have, come make new economic connections.
 
Learn about economics through the lens of entrepreneurship and makerspaces. Also, hear about opportunities The Innovation Hub may provide for your students.
 
 
Participants will receive:
2 hours of Professional Development
Classroom ready resources
Tour of the Innovation Hub
Light snacks
$25 stipend
 
DETAILS:
March 30, 4:00-6:00 pm
Innovation Hub
204 E 4th Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
 
Register here.

ARKANSAS PERSONAL FINANCE CHALLENGE
April 8
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High School Teachers,
 
Please make plans to join us on April 8 for the Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge in Little Rock. The competition will begin at 9:30 am and end by 2:00 pm.
 
You may bring up to 2 teams of 3 to 4 members to participate in our statewide competition.
 
There will be no qualifying rounds or tests included in this competition. Teams participating will be giving a family scenario. They will have 1.5 hours to create a financial plan in a PowerPoint format for a 6 minute oral presentation to a panel of judges. Preliminary rounds will create 3 finalists for the championship round.
 
The winning Arkansas team will receive an all expense paid trip to compete in the 2020 National Personal Finance Challenge which will be held Monday, May 4, 2020, at the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Business in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
Register today at  this link.
 
Check out a sample case study here.

ECONOMICS...LIKE IT'S 1999!
April 9
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If you missed out on our fall offering, here's another chance to see the great exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library featuring life in the 90s!  Economic connections are a natural as we explore American pop culture during this decade. Educators will also learn about the "Decade in a Day" program.
Activities will be shared that are ready to use in the classroom setting.
 
Participants will receive:
2 hours of professional development
$25 stipend
light snacks
ready to use resources
 
THIS IS A SECOND OFFERING OF THE WORKSHOP OFFERED IN THE FALL. THIS WORKSHOP IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO WERE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE FIRST EVENT.
           
WHEN:
Thursday, April 9, 2020
4:30pm-6:30 pm
 
WHERE:
Clinton Presidential Library, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201
 
Register here.

NEXT GEN FIN CAMP
April 23 and April 24
 
Article Image What can you expect from an NGPF FinCamp?
  • Build your content knowledge through specialized sessions.
  • Find resources that you can implement immediately in your classroom.
  • Collaborate with passionate personal finance educators and NGPF Team members in a fun, fast-paced environment.
  • FinCamp is offered at NO COST and includes breakfast and lunch!
Fayetteville, April 23
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Graduate Hotel
70 North East Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
 
Register here.
 
Little Rock, April 24
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
 
Register here.

TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY
March 30
 
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How many state parks do we have in Arkansas?
If you said 52, you are correct! Did you know that we will be hosting day long workshops at 9 of those parks this summer?
 
Thanks to the generous support of the Arkansas Humanities Council, we will be able to provide resources, lunch, professional development including 2 hours of Arkansas history credit.
 
Did you know you can apply for a grant through the Arkansas Humanities Council to take your students to a state park? Details may be found here
 
Remember to check out our event calendar for a location near you.

NATIONAL CRAYON DAY
March 31
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Did you know March 31 is considered National Crayon Day? Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, and average of twelve million daily. That's enough to circle the globe 6 times! Challenge your students to study the history of crayons. 
 
Also, check out the Crayola site. There are fun lesson plans and grants available for classroom across the United States.
 
A very fun book that ties in is The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons. Check out our social media this month for a chance to win one of these books.
 
In the meantime, here are a few videos that show your students how crayons are made:
 

ARKANSAS READS ONE BOOK
2020

Article ImageWe are putting final touches on our resources for this year's Arkansas Reads one Book selection. This is a great way to encourage a culture of reading for families, provide a grade level book for the home and encourage discussion on economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, STEM, and more! 
 
Do you know Billy? Billy Sure is a 12-year-old inventor and CEO of Sure Things, Inc. He created the All Ball, a ball that turns into different sports balls with a push of a remote control button.
 
Billy is hosting an online contest for other kid inventors to share their inventions for the marketplace. The winning student will have his or her product produced by Billy's company.
 
If your school can secure the books, Economics Arkansas will provide bookmarks, economic posters, family reading guides and online resources.
 
Questions? Contact Marsha for more details.

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