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Best Economics Websites and Apps for Students

For social studies, few topics are as essential, or difficult to get a grip on, as economics. These games and sites help break down how the U.S. economy -- and its budgets -- work. There’s a heavy emphasis on systems thinking, showing students that economics affects just about everything (for better and worse) from policy to people.

BrainPOP Jr. Visit Website: https://jr.brainpop.com/
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price Paid
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Motion Math: Pizza! Publisher: Motion Math
Serving up valuable economics lessons with an extra helping of fun
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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BrainPop Visit Website: http://www.brainpop.com
Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price From $220
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People's Pie Publisher: Filament Games
Federal budget game's challenge delivers powerful message
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Biz Kid$ Visit Website: http://bizkids.com
You can bet on business and finance being interesting for teens
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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EconEdLink Visit Website: http://www.econedlink.org/
Epic econ and financial info resource could use some jazzing up
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Enercities Publisher: Paladin Studios
Environmentally-minded city sim models sustainable building
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Zinn Education Project Visit Website: https://zinnedproject.org/
Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Build-a-lot Publisher: MumboJumbo
Financial management made fun via real estate-themed building sim
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price 19.99
Platforms Windows
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Spent Publisher: McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham
Provocative, first-person look at poverty builds empathy
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Stop Disasters! Publisher: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Slick sim explores global natural disasters
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
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Layoff Publisher: Tiltfactor
Bejeweled-style gameplay adapted to build empathy, critique downsizing
Grades 8-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
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Democracy 3 Publisher: Positech Games
Nuanced political sim about the balancing act of government
Grades 9-12
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Price Paid
Platforms iPhone, Linux, Mac, Windows
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WE THE ECONOMY Visit Website: https://wetheeconomy.com/
Explore big questions about the economy with collection of short films
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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