Education

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis offers a wide array of classroom materials to help educators teach economics, personal finance, the Fed, and money and banking. Among these resources are materials to help educators effectively use primary and secondary source materials from FRASER’s digital collections of economic and financial history. Visit the Econ Lowdown website to access lesson plans, online classes and much more. All materials meet national organization and Common Core Standards.

Theme - Central Banks and Credits

Title

Grade Level

75 Years of American Finance HS
Constitutionality of a Central Bank (1816-1819) Mid/HS
Currency and the Fed Mid/HS
From Raw Materials to Riches: Mercantilism and the British North American Colonies Mid/HS
In Plain English HS
Jekyll Island and the Creation of the Fed HS
Page One - Then and Now: Fed Policy Actions During Great Depression and the Great Recession HS/Col
Panic of 1907 Lesson - (1907) HS
Saving Strawberry Farm Ele
The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central HS/Col
The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central (lesson) HS/Col
Uncle Jed's Barbershop Ele
Worth! (1890) Ele/Mid

Theme - Labor

Title

Grade Level

75 Years of American Finance HS
Barbie in the Labor Force (1959-2005) HS
Little House in the Big Woods (1871) Ele/Mid
Meet Kit: An American Girl Ele/Mid
Scraps of Time: Abby Takes a Stand (1960s) Mid
Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building Ele
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? (1848) Mid
Ten Mile Day (1869) Ele/Mid
The Arsenal of Democracy: The United States in World War II HS
The Acceleration of the Great Migration, 1916-17 Mid/HS/Col
What Is Unemployment, How is it Measured, and Why Does the Fed Care? Mid/HS

Theme - Demographics

Title

Grade Level

Church Accommodation Chart Mid/HS
Occupations and School Attendance Chart Mid/HS
Population Maps Mid/HS
State Population Chart Mid/HS

Theme - Financial Crisis

Title

Grade Level

75 Years of American Finance HS
Jekyll Island and the Creation of the Fed HS
Meet Kit: An American Girl Ele/Mid
Page One - Then and Now: Fed Policy Actions During Great Depression and the Great Recession HS/Col
Panic of 1907 Lesson HS
Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression Ele
The Great Depression Mid/HS/Col
The Great Inflation: A Historical Overview and Lessons…. HS/Col
Uncle Jed's Barbershop Ele

Theme - Money and Inflation

Title

Grade Level

75 Years of American Finance HS
Abraham Lincoln and the $5 Note Ele/Mid
A Lesson to Accompany “The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central Banking” HS/Col
Ben Franklin and the Birth of the Paper Money Economy Description HS/Col
Ben Franklin and the Birth of the Paper Money Economy the Lesson Plan HS/Col
Ben Franklin: Highlighting the Printer (1705-1790) Ele/Mid
Currency and the Fed Mid/HS
Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression Ele
From Raw Materials to Riches: Mercantilism and the British North American Colonies Mid/HS
The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central Banking HS/Col
The Free Silver Movement and Inflation (1869) Mid/HS
The Gold Standard Video HS/Col
The Great Inflation: A Historical Overview and Lessons HS/Col
Would a Gold Standard Brighten Economic Outcomes? HS/Col