Grade 3-5, 6-8, K-2
On-Demand Webinar

The Power of Storytelling: The Titanic, The Great Depression, and Pandemics

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 with an emphasis on social studies.
  • Relate the concepts of scarcity, choices, opportunity cost, incentives, and decision-making 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.
  • Recognize the value of the social commentary featured in the session’s topic.
  • Review an annotated bibliography listing topical titles.
  • Consider the National Economics Content Standards: Standard 1: Scarcity, Standard 2: Decision Making, Standard 3: Allocation, Standard 4: Incentives.

This video is available to view for EconEdLink members only.


The featured titles include cautionary tales from the past and the present that students should find fascinating. Using the provided lessons and activities, students will learn about money, entrepreneurship, scarcity, and the allocation of limited resources. Included are classroom-ready lessons, online teacher resources and an annotated bibliography. It is to be noted that the students do not need to have read the books to successfully participate in the lessons.