Grade 3-5, K-2
On-Demand Webinar

Seasonal Stories: Using Children’s Literature to Teach Spending, Saving, and Giving

Time: 60 mins,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will:

  • Discuss the merits of introducing the holiday season celebrations of various cultures.
  • Explore the concept of the value of using six children’s picture books to teach economics and philanthropy.
  • Relate the concepts of saving, spending, giving, goods & services, opportunity cost, entrepreneurship, and decision-making as they pertain to the featured picture books.
  • Examine the lessons and activities provided to support the presented material.
  • Discuss the challenges of teaching holiday content in the elementary classroom.

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Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are some of the special holidays that are celebrated in December. Introduce your students to picture books that teach the importance of giving to others. Each delightful title contains economic concepts, insights into various celebrations and a resolution that is both thought provoking and satisfying. Featured titles include: “Gracie’s Night: A Hanukkah Story” by Lynn Taylor Gordon, “I Got the Christmas Spirit” by Connie Schofield-Morrison, “Lemonade in Winter” by Emily Jenkins, “My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa” by Lisa Bullard, “Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story” by Cynthia Rylant and “What is Given from the Heart” by Patricia McKissack.