Additional Lesson Plans Grades 3–12

EconEdLink, produced by the National Council on Economic Education, provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. With over 525 lessons to choose from, teachers can use as many of the lessons as they would like and as often as they would like.

The Internet-based lessons are targeted for K-12 teachers and their students. Each of the lessons includes a teacher's version as well as a student's version. Each of the lessons are designed to be delivered in a variety of formats and classroom settings.

All of the lessons are Internet-based and free to everyone. Each lesson contains a teacher's version as well as a student's version which can be used in a variety of ways. To view the list of over two hundred and fifty lessons, visit

Grades 3-5

An Entreduction

I Can Be an Entrepreneur

What's Your Angle?

Grades 6-8

All in Business

What Makes an Entrepreneur?

Grades 9-12

Business Ownership: How Sweet It Can Be!

The Entrepreneur in you?

National Organizations providing Curriculum:

The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

Teacher Tactics: Entrepreneurship Education Activities For The Classroom.

Now available are the activities published as a component on the Entreprenews & Views newsletter. The files are saved in Word and permission is granted to copy the materials for all uses. Teachers are encouraged to share the activities with other teachers in the school to spread the experiences with entrepreneurship to many different classes. Also included is the list of 403 Performance Indicators that are identified in the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education. These activities are linked to the appropriate Performance Indicator to facilitate use in the curriculum.

From National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education

The following examples show how the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education can be incorporated into a curriculum at various educational levels. These examples are provided as illustration only, and not necessarily as recommended models. For additional information on programs represented by the examples, please contact the provider referenced.


The New Youth Entrepreneur Series introduces students to Entrepreneurship and key business concepts in a way that is engaging, exciting and easily understood.

Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA)

JA It’s My Business! encompasses entrepreneurship curriculum for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The program emphasizes entrepreneurship while providing a strong focus on social studies, reading, and writing skills.

Making Cents International

All of our curricula use experiential-learning methodology, which is an interactive, participative methodology that enables trainees to discover business concepts, build their skills and develop their motivation for entrepreneurship. The curricula are available in many languages and many levels, thus ensuring cultural and education-level appropriateness.

National 4-H Curriculum

More than 180 curriculum products, many produced by the National 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System, Inc. (4-HCCS) currently are available in the National 4-H Curriculum 2007 Product Catalog. See —Page 18, “Be the E – Entrepreneurship”

National Council on Economic Education (NCEE)

Since 1949, NCEE has built a unique Network of state Councils and university-based Centers to position our organization as the definitive resource for teachers who share our conviction that practical economics must become a core component of the curriculum.

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship

NFTE’s programs teach entrepreneurship using its exciting, experiential curriculum. There are versions for middle school, high school, and young adult students, with corresponding reading levels and complexity. NFTE’s curriculum aligns with National Council for the Teaching of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and the US Department of Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) standards.

Real Entrepreneurship Education

Experiential education is at the heart of REAL's effectiveness. Teaching entrepreneurship is not simply a matter of using a new textbook or adding a few new competencies to existing courses; it often requires new knowledge or a shift in teaching style. To use experiential methods, an instructor must experience them, understand them, practice them, and own them. REAL offers entrepreneurship education for children (K-8) and youth (9-12).

Young Entrepreneur Foundation

The NFIB Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom programs are designed to bring real life stories of entrepreneurs into the classroom, enabling students to learn first-hand about the risks and rewards of operating a small business.

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A lot of people have said to us, "Why are you exposing these kids to capitalism, and you just promote money."  But we don't look at it like that.  Particularly in African-American community where the average person earns less than $30,000 a year.  People need to understand money. They need to understand commerce and prepare to compete and contribute in this economy.

-ReDonna Rogers
Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship







To me a success is a student who reaches their goals as they define them. Our primary goal is to make every child entrepreneurially literate in basic business principles. And then allow them and encourage them to use those skills to reach the goals that they define for their own life.

-Steve Mariotti
National Foundation for
Teaching Entrepreneurship





How do we get students to want to learn, just for learning's sake?  And the answer is, we have to make it relevant.  We have to make it relevant to today's society, we have to make it relevant to their context and what their ... the situations they're growing up in.  And one way is to show them how to create businesses, and how to come up with innovative ideas.  And in our training, one of the things we do, for instance, instead of just teaching students to write a memo, give them a situation where they're writing a memo in regard to a business opportunity.

-Howard S. Rasheed, Ph.D.
Cameron School of Business
UNC at Wilmington




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