The Missouri Reader Vol. 41, Issue 1 - Page 35



Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell and winner of the Coretta Scott King book award takes students back in time and tells the story of an African- American barber who, despite significant setbacks, saves enough money to buy his

own barbershop. From the story students learn about saving, savings goals, and opportunity cost. The lesson provides a card game to further investigate what it takes to reach a savings goal. This lesson can be found here: A parent Q&A is also available for this book.

Print ready lessons with activities aligned to standards are available for over forty popular children’s literature books at no monetary cost to you. Simply go to the

https://www/ website and type the book title you are looking for in the search bar or filter for the grade level and use the tags to sort for the topic you desire. The lessons were written by educators with classroom experience, the content is vetted by economists, and professionally edited. From pre-school lessons teaching kindergarten readiness skills through Kiddynomics to online learning modules for all grades; resources to teach economic literacy are at your fingertips.

Eva Johnston is the Senior Economic Education Specialist at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. She is formerly taught at Marquette High School in the Rockwood Schools District. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the

University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Why Join the Missouri State Reading Council?

MSC-IRA is committed to promoting literacy statewide. MSC-IRA members share an interest in following the current trends in literacy and reading instruction. Membership in MSC-IRA provides opportunities to learn about the latest developments in literacy education and to meet and interact with local leaders as well as leaders across the state. Information about the newest teaching materials and professional publications is shared at meetings. MSC-IRA co-sponsor’s both the Write to Learn and Missouri Early Learning Conferences to provide opportunities to gain insights into special issues and concerns in reading such as the new Missouri State Standards, Title I, balanced literacy, parent programs, research-based teaching strategies, and much more.

Benefits of Membership in MSC-IRA

● Learn about the latest developments in literacy education

● Meet and interact with the best in local literacy leaders as well as those across the state

● Receive information about the newest teaching materials and professional publications

● Gain insights into special issues and concerns in reading such as Title I, balanced literacy, parent programs and research based teaching strategies by attending our annual conference

● Receive the support and camaraderie of others who share a common interest in literacy

Diana Houlle,

Director of Membership for MSC