Program Tips & Tidbits
April 2020
Article ImageIt's Financial Literacy Month, and we have MANY fun resources to share for students of all ages.
Check out this link on our website to find activities each day.
Need more ideas or suggestions?
Contact Marsha.

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 17
Article Image       CALLING ALL FAMILIES!
In honor of Financial Literacy Month, we are hosting a contest! 
Design and create an actual family savings bank and snap a photo of this special savings container. It can be a traditional "piggy" bank, but we challenge you to think outside the box!  Last year's winner was a llama savings container created from recyclable items.
Then follow these simple steps:
Email your photo (JPG or PNG format) to
Include the following information:
Family Name
School(s) Where Students Attend
Guess what?
The winning family will even earn some “dough” as they will receive a gift certificate to their favorite pizza restaurant.
One entry per family.
Deadline to submit is Friday, April 17.
All entries will be uploaded to a Facebook album.
Voting will occur April 27-29.
The savings bank container that receives the most "likes" will be the winner.
This competition is open to Arkansas residents only.

March 31
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Did you know March 31 is considered National Crayon Day? Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an 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 website. There are fun lesson plans and grants available for classrooms 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 week 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:

March 31, 2:00-2:45 pm
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Do you know why the number 8760 is important? It’s the number of hours in a year. What if we thought about how much of our life it takes to buy something, like a carton of eggs or a house, instead of thinking about how much the item costs in dollars?
This webinar explores an alternate way of thinking about the “cost” of any object: the effort that is “hidden” underneath a dollar bill. The session will also cover historical trends in productivity, how wealth is created in modern economies, and how technology increases quality and decreases price over time.
Presenter: Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl
Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas
ACRE Scholar
Tuesday, March 31                               
2:00-2:45 pm      
Target Audience: Middle and Secondary Educators and Students
Register here.

April 1
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A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is a small seed from which fortunes spring.
If it's a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny. 
There are so many phrases, trivia, and facts available about pennies.
  • The U.S. one-cent coin is 0.748031 inches in diameter (less than three-quarters of an inch) and weighs 0.0881849 ounces.
  • The composition of the penny is 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper.
  • There have been 11 different designs featured on the penny.
  • The U.S. Mint produces more than 13 billion pennies annually.
  • There are more than 130 billion one-cent coins currently in circulation.
  • Since its beginning, the U.S. Mint has produced more than 288.7 billion pennies. Lined up edge to edge, these pennies would circle the earth 137 times.
  • The average penny lasts 25 years.
  • An average of 1,040 pennies are produced every second, adding up to 30 million a day.
  • During its early penny-making years, the U.S. Mint was so short on copper that it accepted copper utensils, nails and scrap from the public to melt down for the coins.
  • The Lincoln penny was the first U.S. coin to feature a historic figure. President Abraham Lincoln has been on the penny since 1909, the 100th anniversary of his birth.
  • The Lincoln penny was the first cent on which appeared the words, “In God We Trust.”
  • More than two-thirds of all coins produced by the U.S. Mint are pennies.
Fun Family Activity:
Put pennies in a jar. Have each family member pull a penny and think of a financial fact related to the penny. Something that you saved for, how you earned money, a big purchase, etc. that occurred during that year.
Here are some great sites to spotlight the penny:
An issue often debated is whether the United States should get rid of the penny.
What do you think? It's a great article for discussion or debate.

April 1, 10:00-10:30 am
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Can you think of a better way to kick off the month than to start with the topic of SAVING? A recent study by the University of Cambridge stated that students have developed many of their adult money habits by age 7.
Sammy Rabbit is a great character to help young students learn many basic financial literacy skills. This short webinar will share an excerpt of Sammy's Big Dream and showcase Sammy's fun karaoke style songs.
All participants attending will receive a copy of Sammy's Big Dream.
Wednesday, April 1
10:00-10:30 am
Target Audience: Elementary
Register here.

April 2
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What's your favorite children's book? Have you ever stopped to consider how much economics is found on each page of a book?
As you read, challenge yourself to see if anyone in the story:
  • had wants?
  • made choices?
  • weighed benefits and costs when making a decision?
  • set a savings goal?
  • experienced scarcity because their wants were greater than their resources?
  • consumed a good or service?
  • was an entrepreneur?
  • entered the marketplace?
  • used natural or capital resources?
To review economic concepts, check out this site.

April 2: 2:00-2:45 pm
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There's no better time to discuss financial literacy than now! Join this fast paced, informative webinar by Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, founder of Aptus Financial and the Save10 Movement. Sarah Catherine speaks at events all across the country, and we are grateful she can join us for this webinar to share practical tips for all ages.
Space is limited, so register today!
Target Audience: Educators and High School Students
Register here.

April 7 Webinar
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 be the next Bessie B. Moore Award Winning Educator!
Wednesday, April 7 at 3:30 pm. Register here.
Need a different time/date?
Contact Marsha at 

April 8
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Who wouldn't love a trip to the zoo? Join us as we take a virtual trip to the Little Rock Zoo. Learn from educational specialists how you can easily integrate all subjects with the zoo....especially ECONOMICS!
The time and date are being confirmed. Check our event calendar for the exact date and time. 
Attendees will receive:
*Ready to use lesson on designing a zoo
Don't Let Them Disappear book by Chelsea Clinton
Target Audience: All Teachers

April 17
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When was the last time you wrote a haiku?
Haikus tend to give an interesting insight about something trivial, usually some aspect of nature or the seasons.
How about we change the topic and tie in economics, entrepreneurship or personal finance.
Here's one example:
Saving takes practice
Foregoing spending today
For big things later.
Challenge: Create a fun haiku and post on social media. Tag us at #economicsarkansas.

April 22
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What's your favorite jelly bean flavor?
If someone were to ask you how long it takes to produce a jelly bean, what would you say? Well, if you guessed up to 2 weeks, you are correct. Here's why!
Do you know how jelly beans are produced? Take a quick factory tour here.
There are many fun activities with jelly beans. If you have a favorite, post it on social media and tag #economicsarkansas.

Article ImageWe will be adding many additional webinars, resources, and events. 

We'd love to join a PLC and overview some of our resources. Plus, we would send you resources we spotlight!
Please keep up to date on social media and our event calendar.

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