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Finding Fabulous Financial Literacy Vocabulary With Fancy Nancy

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Finding Fabulous Financial Literacy Vocabulary With Fancy Nancy

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida


International Literacy Association



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In the Fancy Nancy series, the author introduces a variety of “fancy” words, which include descriptive vocabulary words. In Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique, there are many economics vocabulary words embedded in the text. These words relate both to the economics standards in social studies, as well as real-world mathematics and financial literacy. Through a think-aloud read-aloud, the lesson will illuminate key economic vocabulary embedded in the text, as well as illustrate how to introduce key economic concepts through think-alouds and talking/writing about the text. The concepts/vocabulary will be introduced in the story and reinforced through a variety of ReadWriteThink interactive tools.

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Rodgers, Y.V., Hawthorne, S., & Wheeler, R.C. (2007). Teaching economics through children's literature in the primary grades. The Reading Teacher, 61, 46–55.

Recommend using children's literature to teach economics concepts in the primary grades.


Ellery, V. (2005). Creating strategic readers: Techniques for developing competency in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

  • Vocabulary strategies, including read-alouds, book talks, and quickwrites(draws), can be used to expand the meanings of economic-specific vocabulary.

  • Students need a variety of opportunities to develop vocabulary through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


Altieri, J.L. (2011). Content counts! Developing disciplinary literacy skills, K–6. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

In social studies, students can complete word puzzles or activities to help them understand content-area specific vocabulary and concepts.

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