Creative Ideas Pay Off
The theme this year is “Creative Ideas Pay Off.” This series allows librarians and educators to give students an overview of how entrepreneurs tap into their creativity and planning skills to achieve financial success.
In The Bridge of the Golden Wood, by Karl Beckstrand, students will learn about how entrepreneurs channel their creativity into ideas and solutions, how goods and services are interrelated, and the correlation between expenses and sales. This short story provides an opportunity to brainstorm how students can turn their ideas into a profitable business venture. Barbara deRubertis’s book, Count on Pablo, tells the story of a young person and his grandmother as they develop a strategy to market their products for sale. Students will have the opportunity to brush up on their counting skills, learn about goods and services, and consider how sales relate to profit. In The Soda Bottle School, by Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade, students will learn about evaluating wants and needs and opportunity cost. The book encourages creative thinking and provides a reminder of how anyone can put their skills to work to achieve a goal.
Personal Finance Theme Overview
The Bridge of the Golden Wood - How do I Save for a Goal?
Count on Pablo - How do I Earn and Save?
The Soda Bottle School - How do I Build a Plan to Save?
Additional Lesson Planning Resources
The lessons above are meant for use by the school librarian during a 40-minute instructional time. Teachers who wish to expand on the librarian activities may use this resource list to create longer, more detailed lesson plans.