Poster Contest (K-8th)




No student is too young to learn about economics! And, we can’t think of a better way to teach these youngsters than through an engaging learning exercise. Give your students an opportunity to be creative and expand their knowledge as they illustrate economics.

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No student is too young to learn about economics! And, we can’t think of a better way to teach these youngsters than through an engaging learning exercise. Give your students an opportunity to be creative and expand their knowledge as they illustrate economics.

It’s easy…

Introduce & teach economics concepts using KCEE’s resources…

Let your students draw a poster illustrating one of six key concepts…

Send in the posters…

And you could win FREE lessons plans & $50 for your classroom!
If a student from your classroom wins, we will send your school a check for $50 to be used in your classroom. The teacher and student will be invited to the KCEE Regional Award Dinner.  All teachers submitting a classroom set of posters (minimum of 13) will receive a free grade-appropriate economic education book of lesson plans.

 Must be postmarked before April 1st!

Poster Entry Form – fillable Adobe pdf



1. Posters submitted must be original entries drawn horizontally (landscape) on an 8 ½ X 11 inch white sheet of paper or cardstock.The drawing should illustrate one of these six economic topics:

-Goods & Services
-Opportunity Costs
-Producers & Consumers
-Productive Resources

Each poster will be judged against other posters illustrating the same concept in the appropriate grade division.

2. The economic concept/category must be:

-Written on the front of the poster (at the top)
-Spelled correctly
-Clearly printed in large letters

3. The following identifying information must appear on the back of each poster:

  • Student’s name
  • School
  • Grade level
  • Teacher’s name
  • Teacher’s email address

4. Teachers, please print, complete and return an entry form with your class’ poster entries.
Poster Entry Form fillable Adobe pdf 

DO NOT FOLD ENTRIES.  Please mail flat in a manila-type envelope.  ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BEFORE April 1, 2018. 

Students will compete in their appropriate grade level:  K-2, 3-5, 6-8. One winner from each grade level for each category will be awarded so there is 18 winners in all.  A classroom gift of $50 will be provided to the teacher and the student and teacher will be invited to attend the KCEE Awards Dinner.

Upon entry, all posters become the property of the Kansas Council for Economic Education and may be used for publicity. Winning entries will be posted on the website, along with the student’s first name, teacher’s name, and school name.

BONUS: All teachers submitting a classroom set of posters (minimum 13) will receive a free grade-appropriate economic education resource.

Concept Descriptions

  • GOODS AND SERVICES:  Goods are tangible objects desired by consumers and supplied by producers.  Services are intangible outputs produced in the economy.  Example of goods would be:  a car, books, furniture; services include things such as:  teaching, medical services, police and fire protection.
  • OPPORTUNITY COSTS:  An opportunity cost is what we give up when a resource is used for one purpose (so it cannot be used for something else).  For example, if you have 50 cents and choose to buy a candy bar, you give up the enjoyment of eating an ice cream cone. If the baker uses a bag of flour to bake bread, she cannot use the same bag of flour to bake cakes.
  • PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS:  Producers are the people and/or firms which make and supply the goods and services provided in the economy.  Consumers use the goods and services produced to satisfy their wants and needs. Individuals are both producers and consumers.
  • PRODUCTIVE RESOURCES:  There are three basic kinds of resources used to produce goods and services. They include natural resources (trees, land, and water), human resources (people and their skills), and capital resources (tools, computers, and buildings). Money is not a productive resource.
  • SCARCITY:  World resources are limited, so we cannot produce or own everything we could possibly want. We must make choices about how best to use the limited resources we have. Economic systems allocate our limited resources in ways that give us the most satisfaction from the goods and services produced.
  • SPECIALIZATION: A situation in which people produce a narrower range of goods and services than they consume. Specialization increases productivity; it also requires trade and increases interdependence. An example:  labor specialization is achieved when a process is broken into many small tasks (division of labor).

Contest Deadline
This year’s Poster Contest entry deadline is set for April 1 for the postmark but don’t wait until then to get your students involved! We recommend that you use our online resources to introduce economics in your classrooms early on. Then, give the students opportunities to draw personalized illustrations of the concepts for a chance to win prizes!  Winners will be announced by mid-April, 2018. 

NEED more Teaching Resources for Integrating Economics?

There are many free online resources available containing great lessons to use in your classroom. See our suggested list below.

Financial Foundations for Kids –
*Now able to be used on iPads.  See website for instructions.
This courseware & teacher’s guide are available for free to all Kansas schools and addresses all Kansas benchmarks for econ & personal finance along with strong ties with math and language arts.  Courseware is available for FREE directly from the Internet or by using a CD that you can receive at no cost.  The additional teacher’s guide, assessments, bingo & Governor’s Award are available online.  Click on “Teachers” and then “Teachers Guide” to find the lessons.  An online tutorial is also available on that website. Contact for a free copy of the courseware for your school that can be installed on the school server for all to use.

EconEdlink –
FREE online lessons & activities for grades K-12 that allows you to search for lessons by grade, concept, standards & more

Council for Economic
Many finance & economics resources for grades K-12

Federal Reserve
This website host more lessons & activities for finance & economics

You may also contact a Center for Economic Education in your area for additional curriculum ideas or to use Council for Economic Education resources from their lending libraries if available.

Browse more resources on our Resources/Helpful Links page.