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Social Studies Economics Unit Passages & Worksheets for Reading Comprehension

This economics unit for 3rd-5th grade offers 7 topics with 28 reading passages and quizzes, covering the Free Enterprise System in Texas and the United States. With TEKS-aligned resources, digital versions for distance learning, and bite-sized passages, it’s perfect for integrating social studies into daily routines or lesson plans.

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If you’re a teacher of 3rd-5th grade students and need social studies worksheets that require minimal prep, look no further! This economics unit is specifically designed for upper elementary students and are the perfect social studies reading comprehension passages to use in your classroom!

Your students will love learning about and reviewing social studies with this engaging economics unit about the Free Enterprise System in Texas and the United States!


What does this product include? 


This social studies reading comprehension economics unit consists of the following components:


⭐️ 7 Topics – The social studies worksheets cover a wide range of topics, with multiple options to choose from.

⭐️ 28 Passages – There are 4 social studies reading comprehension passages per topic in the economics unit (with a total of 28 passages), with 3 multiple-choice questions accompanying each passage. The passages are written for 3rd-5th grade students.

⭐️ 7 Quizzes for Each Topic: A cumulative multiple-choice quiz is included with each topic in the economics unit to test overall understanding.

⭐️ Unit Pacing Guides – A TEKS Unit Pacing Guide is included for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. This best aligns with TEKS Social Studies standards (adopted 2018). However, any topic can be used in any order to best meet the needs of your students and state standards!

️Glossary of Key Vocabulary Words – Included with each weekly topic is a glossary with key vocabulary words to know for the week. This can be a great study guide or helpful tool for students to keep in social studies notebooks or binders!

⭐️ Digital Versions –  Each topic has a digital version – Google Slides for the daily social studies activities and Google Forms for the weekly quiz. This is great for distance learning or to assign make-up work for students.

⭐️ Answer Keys –  An answer key is included for the daily social studies worksheets and quizzes for easy grading. This is perfect to help make the activities self-checking and easy for subs!

What types of topics are included in this resource?

The social studies economics unit consists of 7 topics that can be used that best align to your social studies curriculum in any state:

  • Introduction to Economics
  • The Free Enterprise System
  • Entrepreneurs Who Made an Impact
  • Economic Activities of Indigenous Groups
  • Economic Activities of Texas
  • Economy of the Thirteen Colonies
  • Economic Progress of the United States

What makes these social studies worksheets Smart and Simple?

✅ The social studies reading comprehension passages are bite-sized and can easily be implemented within an ELA block or other daily schedule.


✅ The social studies worksheets are TEKS-aligned (for Texas) but are still flexible enough to use in any order and in conjunction with any state curriculum.


✅ These daily social studies activities can be implemented in conjunction with a lesson during morning work or daily warm up, small groups, stations and more. It can also be directly taught and reviewed with students in a short span of time.

Learn more about incorporating social studies in the upper elementary classroom by reading this blog post!

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