Connections to Core Standards
The classroom economy is designed in an experiential way to ensure that it supplements rather than interferes with a classroom's core curriculum. It allows students to learn valuable life skills and make progress on topics that are integral to the curriculum. This page is designed to help you make connections between common lessons and the experience of the classroom economy.
Our connections are based on the Common Core State Standards.
My Classroom Economy
Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
Students will maintain a bank log requiring them to add and subtract numbers throughout the program.
- Add up to four-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
- As the year progresses, students will have the opportunity to save their money and compile four-digit bank accounts. To do so, they will need to be able to add properly.
- Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
- Because of the repetitive nature of balancing the bank logs, students are likely to identify patterns and explain them to each other during transactions.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and clearly expressing their own.
Students routinely meet and collaborate with their Banker and Police Officer. Because all ledgers must be balanced, the students are forced to clearly express their own views.
- Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
- The students are expected to understand the rules of the classroom economy, including their individual roles. If they are unable to understand the information presented by the teacher, they are required to ask appropriate questions.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking.
Students must demonstrate proper grammar when filling out job applications and when speaking to others.