Literature Connection


Concepts: Human Resources, Producers, Productive Resources, Capital Resources

Learn all about apples and how they are grown - from seed to final product. The book describes many different types of apples and shows how they are turned into apple cider and apple pie. Many interesting "apple facts" are also provided.

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Apples for Life

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

Students will learn in this beautifully illustrated book what it takes to produce delicious apples - from tree to finished apples and apple products. The kinds of capital goods that are used are amazing - from honeybee crates to helicopters!

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Human Resources, Productive Resources, Natural Resources, Capital Resources, Producers.

Arthur's Pet Business

Concepts: Profit, Human Resources, Supply & Demand, Entrepreneur

Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown

Arthur really wants his own puppy. So he starts his own "Pet Business" to make a profit and to prove his responsibility to his parents.

Arthur's TV Trouble

Concepts: Opportunity Cost, Supply & Demand

Arthur gets into TV trouble when he insists on buying The Amazing Treat Timer, a gadget that would help him feed his dog. Will it be worth using his hard-earned cash to purchase the Timer? See what happens to Arthur in this amusing story.

Bea and Mr. Jones

Concepts: Trade-Offs, Opportunity Cost

Bea is very tired of kindergarten, and her father is very tired of his job in advertising. Bea trades jobs with her dad and the results are productive.

Bear Wants More

Concepts: Goods & Services, Supply & Demand, Economic Wants

A delightful story told in verse of a bears desire for more and more food once he awakens from his long winter nap. Will bears friends want more food, too?

Bearhide and Crow

Concepts: Economic Wants, Goods & Services, Trade & Money

In a humorous adventure, Sam and Amos learn how trading can help them get the things they want.

Beatrice's Goat

Concepts: Income, Opportunity Cost, Saving

Beatrices Goat by Page McBrier Illustrated by Loriohstoeter

In this lesson from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, students listen to a story about Beatrice, a little girl from Uganda, who receives a goat and the impact of that goat on her family. They learn what it means to save and use estimation to decide whether or not people have enough money to reach a savings goal. They also work through a set of problems requiring that they identify how much additional money people must save to reach their goals. Students learn what opportunity cost is and identify the opportunity costs of savings decisions made by Beatrice and her family.

Benny's Pennies

Concepts: Goods & Services, Trade & Money, Consumers

Benny McBride has five pennies to spend. What will he buy with his pennies? Benny spends his five pennies on gifts for his family and pets.

Better Than a Lemonade Stand! Small Business Ideas for Kids

Concepts: Productive Resources, Opportunity Cost, Entrepreneur

Business is "really nothing more than one person making life easier for another for a fee." Besides a lemonade stand, this book describes at least 51 ways to make money and have fun while you're at it. Choose the business that suits you best, from Babysitting Broker to Dog Walker. Business is a challenge and it involves risk. Enterprise can disappoint, dishearten, and discourage, but success makes it all worthwhile!