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"Is capitalism competition natural and good, or should there be systems in place to check it for the sake of our collective well-being?" Explore the complexity and history behind capitalism and socialism in Crash Course World History #33. Though he presents information quickly, Green also extensively dissects these broad economic concepts, highlighting key personalities in their development, terms such as industrial and mercantilism capitalism, as well as class struggle and communism. Tip: Have learners watch the videos once with one central question in mind, and then re-watch the video stopping at various points for class to take notes and discuss concepts.
Students discuss if capitalism is good for the poor sector of community. Reading a case study, they characterize markets by the amount of competition. They answer questions and discuss the answers as a class. They examine the amount of competition in Chinese markets.
Students investigate Social Darwinism. For this government systems lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture on the details of Social Darwinism and American laissez-faire capitalism. Students respond to discussion questions following the lecture.
Your class can view a slide show including photographs of various human, natural, and capital resources found in the United States. They work in groups to sort pictures into 3 categories, and then complete a related Venn diagram.
Budding economists use hard data to analyze the current changes in the CPI. They identify factors that change inflation rates, such as policy and economic conditions. They also describe the impact inflation/deflation has on various consumer groups in the US economic system. A very thorough and comprehensive instructional activity.
Fourth graders create graphs to illustrate consumer consumption throughout the world. In this consumer lesson plan, 4th graders also discuss wants and needs around the world, and consider Gandhi's opinion on material possessions as they write journal entries about their own wants and needs.
A clear, comprehensive overview of consumer debt, credit, interest, international currency, and social responsibility, this 45-minute session falters in the application stage. You'll need to create a way for learners to demonstrate their understanding after discussing readings. Two informative handouts support learning, and a link to a quiz-like game offers future (and current) consumers the chance to compare "deals" on products they may buy.
Young consumers get a hefty dose of information on how fraud can put their financial health at risk. The resource provides detailed lecture notes, scaffolded notetaking sheets, vocabulary worksheets, transparencies, and seven links to further research. Enhance relevance by assigning inquiry-based research about scams your high schoolers and their families have experienced, or have groups create dramatic presentations in which they act out scams and schemes in action.
Class members begin this engaging economics activity by listing all the resources used in the production of a car, and use that example to draw parallels to the four primary factors of production: capital goods, labor, natural resources, and entrepreneurship. Then working in small groups, learners practice classifying and categorizing while considering decisions entrepreneurs must face when producing goods and services.
What is the difference between physical capital and human capital, and in which should you invest? While considering the concept of return on investment, take a look at the payoffs and consequences of investing in training and education.
Extensive explanation, charts, and links help young economists understand inflation, changes in the Consumer Price Index, and economic indicators. The lesson includes fun online tools such as an inflation calculator and an assessment, the results of which can be sent to you. Because the information is often linked, it's best if learners have computer access in class. Click "View Student Version" for the page without teacher hints and answers. Extension activities included.
Third graders identify the relationship between producers and consumers and supply and demand. They listen to a lecture and complete a variety of graphic organizers to show their understanding.
2-3rd graders listen to the story, Lemonade for Sale, by Stuart J. Murphy. In the story, children produce and sell lemonade to raise money for their clubhouse, create a product, classify the resources used in production as natural resources, capital resources, or human resources.  Mathematics and language arts are integrated as they graph the lemonade sales and create an advertisement for lemonade. Note: The ideas presented could be applied to another "like" topic.
What do pizza, jeans, and gold have in common? Give up? They are all products that require natural, human, or capital resources to be mined or produced. They also require a market price that can fluctuate with the ebb of supply and demand. Learners complete a variety of activities to examine these very basic economic concepts. Note: Lots of additional resources are included in with the lesson.
Contemplate the nature of economics with your class. They'll read examples, work through problems, an analyze data to better understand the Law of Demand. Basic economic concepts such as resources, goods, service, consumers, producers, and manufacturing are all covered.
Students define human capital and income earning potential. In this algebra activity, students analyze the relationship between income and capital resources. They calculate tax rates and understand how to read a tax table.
Fourth graders implement real life application of money, problem solving, economics, and consumer awareness.  In this three week economics unit, 4th graders operate a business, write checks, balance accounts, and market their product. 
First graders develop develop economic reasoning to understand the historical development and current status of economic principles, institutions, and processes needed to be effective citizens, consumers, and workers participating in local communities, the nation, and the world.
Students define productive, capital, human and natural resources and intermediate goods, then classify these things by how they are used in a production process. In this resources/goods lesson plan, students listen to the story The Goat in the Rug and play a match game based on this story.
Second graders identify and classify resources as natural, human, or capital. In this resources activity, 2nd graders read from the book Peanut to Peanut Butter and sort the resources in the text as human, natural, or capital. Students then choose a book on production and complete a tree map for the resources. Students then share their tree maps in class. Students read from My First Book of How Things are Made and complete a second tree map.

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