Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1981

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Frank Carlson

Second Committee Member

George C. Grossman

Third Committee Member

Donald J. Murphy


A year-long simulation game was created to facilitate the teaching of basic economics in a sixth and seventh grade middle school. The game could be adapted to implementation at lower grade levels. The students built two, table-top cities. They established a money system and were paid for positive behavior and effort. With their earned income and with loans from a bank, they purchased land, built homes, invested in business franchises, engaged in trade, and worked collectively to finance and build government projects and services. Discussion questions and evaluation tests were devloped, based upon the curriculum guidelines established by the Joint Council of Economic Education.