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Students listen to the story of Ruby and Max, bunnies that go shopping and make spending decisions. They learn about short-term and long-term savings goals. After a goal-sorting activity, students choose and illustrate their own savings goal.
Students learn about scarcity, alternatives, choices, and opportunity costs by reading "So Few of Me" by Peter H. Reynolds. The class participates in an activity to help Perdita figure out her morning schedule at summer camp.
These mini lessons and materials include multi-discipline instruction and cultural components that can help students understand and celebrate the legacy of the Negro Leagues Baseball and how they transformed generations.
In this lesson, students will be introduced to the concepts of resources, scarcity, human capital and boycott. After reading a reality-based story about an all-black Little League team that faced racial prejudice, students will determine resources used in the production of baseball-related goods and complete comprehension and analysis-driven activities tied to key vocabulary covered within the lesson. Specifically, students will identify examples of scarcity, interpret consequences of various actions and determine ways to improve human capital. Additionally, K-2 grade students will interpret textual and visual data, while 3-4 grade students will work together to solve mathematical problems based on the story
Dive into Econland with the quirky comic book crew to explore how economics is already a part of middle school students’ everyday lives.
In this lesson, students will learn about responsible consumption and how the choices we make when disposing of trash can impact the environment. Students will listen to a story from the book One Plastic Bag, about an entrepreneur; watch a video about pollutants and distinguish between reducing, reusing and recycling. Students will interpret graphs and data within an infographic and demonstrate their knowledge of responsible consumption through developing their own infographic in collaborative groups.
We are faced with the need to make decisions, both big and small, on a daily basis. The earlier young people learn how to make a good decision, the better their decision-making skills will be. In the short online course Once Upon a Decision, Junior Girl Scouts will read and listen to a story about Ella, who has decisions to make. While most of her decisions are easy, she runs across a hard one and employs a decision-making tool to help solve her problem.
In this lesson, students are asked to recall the story, "The Tortoise and the Hare." They learn about characteristics of fables, how the choices the characters make teach the moral, and that choices have costs and benefits. They then listen to the story Mousetropolis, a retelling of Aesop's fable, "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse." The students are asked to listen for the choices the mice make in the story. After the story, they take part in a card sorting activity and categorize the choices as either costs or benefits. They conclude the activity by summing the costs and benefits to see which choice offered the most benefits. Finally, they complete a fable story map identifying the important aspects of the story.
Use these questions with children 7 to 10 years old to discuss the following economic concepts in Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building: human capital, human resources, productivity, and physical capital.
Use these questions with children 5 to 7 years old to discuss the following economic concepts in Something from Nothing: choice and opportunity cost.