Literature Connection

Reuben And The Quilt

Concepts: Scarcity, Price

Reuben, his mother, and sisters have worked very hard to produce a beautiful “log cabin” quilt to sell to earn money to help pay for an expensive operation for Reuben’s friends’ Grandfather, who was hurt in an accident. A huge problem occurs when the beautiful quilt is stolen right before the auction. What will the family do?

Round and Round the Money Goes

Concepts: Trade & Money

The very informative book gives a brief history of the development of money and explains how it is used in our economy. Follow the movement of money - in earning, saving, spending and giving - in a clear and simple way. Terms such as interest, saving, and credit cards are explained. In addition, learn how money - both paper and metal - is made. The currencies of other countries are also identified.

Rumble, Grumble, Gurgle, Roar

Concepts: Economic Wants

This lesson is about wanted. Little Penguin is hungry and she wants to eat. This story is about how Little Penguin tries to get what she wants.

Rumplestiltskin's Daughter

Concepts: Goods & Services, Economic Wants, Producers, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Scarcity, Trade & Money

Rumpelstiltskin's daughter outwits the greedy king, who tries to get her to spin straw into gold just as her father once did. In the end, she helps a troubled community overcome their economic problems created by the king.

Sam and the Lucky Money

Concepts: Scarcity, Goods & Services

Sam can't wait to go shopping in Chinatown with his mom. He has his traditional gift of "lucky money" to spend - anyway he chooses! But when Sam realizes he doesn't have enough money to purchase the things he wants, his excitement turns to disappointment. His mother reminds him that he should appreciate his gift, although Sam is not convinced - until he has a surprise encounter with a poor stranger.

Saturday Market

Concepts: Market, Goods & Services, Producers, Consumers, Supply & Demand, Price

Saturday Market by Patricia Grossman & Enrique Sanchez

Sellers from near and far arrive at the market before dawn on Saturday. There are trucks, carts, and donkeys loaded with beautiful rebozos, fiery chile peppers, comfortable huaraches, squawking parrots, fine rugs, flowers, etc. The sellers work all day, hoping to sell all their wares and drive away with empty trucks.

Saturday Sancocho

Concepts: Trade & Money, Goods & Services, Economic Wants, Producers, Consumers, Market

Making chicken sancocho is a traditional Saturday treat for Maria Lili. But when Papa announces one morning that there is no money for sancocho, Maria Lili, and her grandmother go to the market to barter for the ingredients.

Sky Boys

Concepts: Productive Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Natural Resources, Productivity

The Empire State Building was built in 1931, during the Great Depression. Follow the construction of this amazing building through the eyes of a young boy as he watches the daring construction workers, the “Sky Boys,” working hundreds of feet above the ground.


Concepts: Price, Supply & Demand, Scarcity

A boy goes with his father to an auction one day. An irritating moth causes the boy to bid and purchase - far more than his allowance can stand, but alls well that ends well when he discovers that one of his inadvertent purchases is a painting by none other than Vincent Van Gogh!

Something Special for Me

Concepts: Consumers, Saving, Economic Wants, Scarcity, Opportunity Cost

Rosa's mother and grandmother decide to let her shop for her own birthday present from the jar of money they had saved. Rosa had trouble deciding what to buy until she heard some accordion music.