We've collected a number of useful middle school-level economics lessons for you to use with your students.  

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Lesson: Building Credit

GRADES: 6-8

CONCEPTS: Credit, Credit Rating, Credit Score, Decision-making, Personal Finance

SOURCE: CompareCards.com

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Lesson: Give And Take

GRADES: 6-8

CONCEPTS: Opportunity Cost, Alternatives, Trade-offs, Problem Solving, Charts, Graphs, Calculators

SOURCE: Focus: Middle School Economics

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Lesson: “The Giver”: Jonas Makes a Choice

GRADES: 4-7

CONCEPTS: Alternative, Benefit, Choice, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Costs, Decision Making, Incentive, Opportunity Cost, Scarcity

SOURCE: EconEdLink.org

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Homer Price (Chapter: The Doughnuts)

GRADES: 4-7

CONCEPTS: Capital Resources, Productivity, Law of Demand, Quantity Demand

SOURCE: Economics and Children’s Literature

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Lesson: Lawn Boy

GRADES: 6-8

CONCEPTS: Circular Flow, Supply, Demand, Opportunity Cost, Productivity, Markets, Taxes

SOURCE: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement: They Wanted More Than the Vote

GRADES: 6-8

CONCEPTS: Economic Freedom, Choice, Costs, Unemployment Incentives, Opportunity Cost

SOURCE: Adventures in Economics and U.S. History, Volume 3

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Lesson: My Side of the Mountain

GRADES: 4-8

CONCEPTS: Human Capital, Investment in Human Capital

SOURCE: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Lesson: Ten Mile Day: And the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

GRADES: 4-7

CONCEPTS: Capital Goods, Division of Labor, Human Capital, Incentives, Productivity

SOURCE: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Lesson: What Are the Economic Functions Of Government?

GRADES: 6-8

CONCEPTS: Economic Functions of Government

SOURCE: Focus on Economics: Civics and Government

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Lesson: What Is a Stock? or Who Owns McDonalds?

GRADES: 6-12

CONCEPTS: Profit, Choice, Incentive, Risk

SOURCE: Learning for the Market: Integrating the Stock Market Game Across the Curriculum

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Lesson: Worth

GRADES: 6-12

CONCEPTS: Banks, Collateral, Interest, Principal Profit, Reward, Risk

SOURCE: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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