Economics Arkansas                                                                                                 September 2020
 
Dear Educators,
 
Please know how grateful we are for you and all you have done to make the start of the 2020-2021 school year a success. We look forward to working with you this year.
 
We are here to support you, so please let us know how we can serve you.
 
Sincerely,
Economics Arkansas Staff
 

IT'S TIME TO GET IN THE GAME: THE STOCK MARKET GAME™!
 
Would you like for your students to be engaged in a project based learning experience that will introduce them to the world of investing? Would you like for them to learn how current events affect the market and how research helps guide decisions about their financial investments?
 
 
If you answered yes, then The Stock Market Game™ program is for you!
 
Dates:
Fall: September 8-December 4, 2020
Spring: January 11-April 9, 2021
Yearlong: September 8, 2020-April 16, 2021

STOCK MARKET GAME FUNDING SOURCES
 
DonorsChoose:
If you are a public school educator and have a DonorsChoose account, email Marsha (marsha@economicsarkansas.org) the number of teams you need for the fall, spring, or yearlong session. You will receive a price quote with directions for a special request.
The deadline to post for the fall and yearlong is September 29.
For the spring, the deadline is December 2. 
 
Arkansas Securities Department: 
If you teach in a public school setting (5th-12th grade) and need technology, this is the grant for you! Request a charging cart and iPads or Chromebooks. This grant will also fund team fees. Learn more here
September 30 is the deadline to submit grant applications. 
 
Donna K. Wright Scholarship:
This grant will provide team fees only.
The application may be found here.
August 29 is the deadline for fall and yearlong requests.
 
Webinars:
Join one of these webinars to learn more:
 
Need a different time? 
Contact Marsha.
 

NATIONAL SKYSCRAPER DAY
Thursday, September 3
 
Article ImageThe world’s first skyscraper was completed in 1885 in Chicago and it stood only 138 feet tall, a mere 10 stories that would not even count as a skyscraper today. But the name stuck, and initially any building that towered high over the surrounding structures was dubbed a skyscraper.
 
Some great lessons and articles to use when celebrating this special day include:
 
Skyscraper Effect (Investopedia)
The Economics of Skyscrapers (Building the Skyline)
The Top Job (Economics Arkansas)

CONSTITUTION DAY: ECON STYLE!
Thursday, September 10, 3:30-4:30 pm
 
Looking for fresh ideas for Constitution Day on September 17? Then this webinar is for you! Ready to use resources for K-12 will be shared in this fast paced webinar. You will leave with great ideas of how to tie economics into your Constitution Day activities.
 
Upon successful completion, participants will receive:
1 hour of professional development credit
a classroom resource
 
Register HERE!
 

SPOTLIGHTING MILTON HERSHEY
 
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Did you know Milton Hershey was born September 13, 1857?
 
A lesson spotlighting Milton Hershey may be found here. It's geared for 3rd-5th, but you could easily adapt it.
 
Hershey's website also has great resources. You will find the production process outlined and more! Check it out by here

FUN, FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS: ECON STYLE!
Tuesday, September 15, 3:30-4:30
Wednesday, September 23, 3:30-4:30
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Don't miss this fast paced session where participants will discover engaging ways to assess students understanding of economic concepts. Activities such as Uh-Oh, Pass the Chicken, Quizlet Live, Answer Channel and more will be spotlighted. All participants will leave with a LiveBinder of resources.
 
Upon successful completion, each participant will receive:
1 hour of professional development certificate
Classroom resource
 
September 15 registration is here.
September 23 registration is here.

GRAB AND GO ECON: COMPACT CONCEPT CONNECTORS
Wednesday, September 16, 3:30-4:30
 
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Economics should NEVER be an "extra" box in your lesson plans. Grab and Go Econ Guides are designed to teach economics in an integrated approach to students K-6. Join us for this brief webinar, and you will qualify to receive your own set of guides!
 
Upon successful completion, participants will receive:
1 hour of professional development credit
Grab and Go Economics: Compact Concept Connector Guides with standards alignments
(Valued at $30.)

Target Audience: K-6 educators
 
Register HERE!
 

DECISIONS! DECISIONS!
Thursday, September 17, 3:30-4:30 pm
 
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How many decisions do your students make every day? Are they equipped with the skills to make informed decisions? Do they understand the costs and benefits of their alternatives? Economics is defined as "the science of decision making," and there's no better time to help students understand the decision making process than the beginning of the year.
 
Upon successful completion, participants will receive:
1 hour of professional development
choice of a resource related to the webinar
 
Register HERE!

"STUCK" ON ECONOMICS
Tuesday, September 22, 3:30-4:30 pm
 
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The Band-Aid provides an inexpensive, convenient and versatile solution to an astonishing array of problems. In their history, Band-Aids have allowed millions of people to keep working or playing tennis or cooking or walking when they would otherwise have had to stop. The Band-Aid solution is actually the best kind of solution because it involves solving a problem with the minimum amount of effort and cost.
 
Did you know the Band-Aid was invented on September 22, 1920? Join this webinar to learn the history of this invention and others! Find ways to engage your students in problem solving opportunities that might lead to the next invention!
 
Upon successful completion, participants will receive:
1 hour of professional development credit
a choice of a children's book spotlighted in the session
 
Register HERE!

CREDIT, LENDING, DEBT
Thursday, September 24, 3:30-4:30 pm
 
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Many people use credit on a daily basis. Some use credit for daily purchases like gas and groceries while others use credit to buy houses, boats, cars and other big-ticket items that they may not have enough money to pay for all at once. During this session teachers will explore best practices for maintaining healthy credit and avoiding credit-damaging debt and receive in-class and online materials tied to Arkansas's economics and personal finance standards.
Have questions already? Send questions along in advance to have them included in the Q&A portion of the webinar.
 
This webinar is co-sponsored by Economics Arkansas and the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics.
 
Participants will receive:
1 hour of professional development credit
Choice of a related book from the session
 
Register HERE!

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL RICE MONTH!
 
Article ImageIt makes perfect sense to celebrate national rice month since Arkansas is the #1 producer of rice.
 
There are many wonderful materials on the topic of rice. Check out these great sites for resources:
 
Read about the video competition and other wonderful resources here.
 
Remember to visit the Ag in the Classroom resources. You may order FREE materials for your classroom. They also have grants available to bring agriculture into your classroom. Learn more here.

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