Celebrate Valentines day with Econ lessons!

Who doesn’t like to receive a Valentine’s Day card and chocolate on February 14th? Harness student energy around the holiday by using these lessons about candy, greeting cards, and sugar to teach about economic resources, production, trade, supply and demand, and the types of business organizations.


  • Valentine’s Day Resources – Grades: K-5

    Use an arts and crafts activity, like making Valentine’s Day hearts, to teach students about human and capital resources.

  • Valentine’s Day Greeting Card Production – Grades: 6-12

    Working in small groups, students participate in a production simulation (making Valentine’s Day greeting cards) to determine the effects of specialization on labor productivity, the division of labor, and investment in human capital and capital goods.

  • Sweet Opportunities: Three Types of Business Organizations

    Grades: 6-12

    Students analyze case studies of 4 different businesses – Hershey, Mars, Famous Amos, and the Chocolate Farm – to identify the costs and benefits of the three types of business organizations.

  • Demand: Valentine’s Day Interactive Edition – Grades: 9-12

    Have your students test their knowledge of the difference between a change in demand and a change in quantity demanded with six festive Valentine’s Day examples. From CEE partner, MRU.

  • Should the U.S. Government Encourage Farmers To Grow More Sugar?

    Grades: 9-12

    This lesson teaches students about the tools used in the United States Sugar Program, analyzes the costs and benefits, and explores the effects on industries that do business with the sugar industry. Your students will look at their Valentine’s Day chocolates in a new way.


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