Grade 3-5, 6-8
On-Demand Webinar

Commemorate Native American Heritage Month: Using Children’s Literature to Teach Economic Concepts

Time: 60 mins,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will:

  • Explore the concept of the value of using children’s literature to teach in the content areas.
  • Discover new book titles featuring Native Americans. [Note: 2.7% of the United States’ population is Native American and 2% of children’s books featured Native Americans in 2020.]
  • Relate the economic concepts as they pertain to the featured titles.
  • Consider the cross curricular possibilities of the topic as related to the social sciences and creative problem solving.
  • Review an annotated bibliography listing children’s books featuring Native Americans, both historically and contemporarily.
  • Review classroom-ready lessons.

This video is available to view for EconEdLink members only.


Celebrate November’s Native American Heritage Month by using children’s literature to teach economic concepts including scarcity, productive resources, specialization and trade. Discover creative methods to blend these concepts with Indigenous Peoples’ history and current social and environmental issues. Featured titles Include: • Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard [Productive Resources] • Josie Dances by Denise Lajimodiere [Human Resources] • We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom [Scarcity and Conservation] • Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller by Doreen Rappaport [Specialization & Natural Resources] • Keepunumuk: Weeachumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer [Scarcity, Choices and Decision-Making] • Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone [Trade and Specialization] • Shadows at Jamestown by Steven K. Smith [Opportunity Cost]