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What is the Importance of Developing Job Skills?
Financial literacy is the way to teach! The class works in small groups to discover the relationship between education and income level. They use their math and problem-solving skills to complete two different activities. They work out a team budget, then work through a scenario based budgeting game. Practical math, the importance of career and education, and economics rolled into one, and everything is included!
Fashion and Gender Roles
What do the fashions of an era say about the values and gender roles of that era? Expert groups examine primary source documents and fashion visuals of the 1900s, 1920s, 1940s, and 1950s and consider how these fashions reflect economic and societal influences. After a jigsaw activity, individuals answer the central question by creating a reflective paragraph, complete with a claim and supporting evidence drawn from the sources. Consider modeling the OPTIC (overview, parts of the picture, title, interrelationships, conclusion) method of visual analysis before groups begin their examination of the source documents. In addition, the activity can be extended by asking class members to examine current fashion and analyze what these styles say about modern attitudes and gender roles.
Workers in Factories During the Gilded Age
Seventh graders experience what life was like in the factories during the Gilded Age. They explore the reasons behind the move for work place reforms during the Progressive Era. Students discuss the factors that led to work place reforms.
Frightening Factory Farms
Young scholars discuss existence of and conditions on factory farms, and identify alternatives to factory farms that provide sustainable solutions for food production and environmental safety.
Work, Earnings, and Economics: Using Lyddie
Students define the economic concepts of sarcity and opportunity cost. They discuss ow incentives influence the behavior of individuals, in encouraging saving. Students discuss how interest rates affect savers and borrowers. They explore the emergence and growth of industralization in the United States in the 19th Century.
World Fair? A Global Classroom Unit On Economic Rights
Students explore economic rights of people. After listening to statements and songs by people such as John Lennon and Mahatma Ghandi, students examine the truths and values depicted by each person. Students participate in a simulation to identify wealth distribution in the world. They discuss the gaps and inequalities in economic status. In groups, students prepare a dramatization about economic rights.
The Future of China's Economic System
Ninth graders explore China's economic system and the future of the system. They define economic terms, research websites to find examples of how China is developing into a mixed economy system and how it competes with the U.S. for resources. Afte researching, they list three factors of production China is using in its growing economy.
Why Milton Hershey Chose Derry Township to Build His Factory
Students determine how push/pull factors convinced Milton Hershey to build his chocolate factory in Derry Township. In this geography skills lesson, students complete an anticipation guide, read about push/pull factors, and discuss why Hershey built his factory in Derry Township.
Learners identify productive resources and intermediate goods used to produce corn tortillas. In this productive resources lesson, students listen to the book Tortilla Factory and classify resources used to make paper tacos.
What is Economics?
Students define economics; Explain the importance and process of making economic choices and decisions; Identify the factors of Production; Determine the goal of entrepreneurship. Students identify and describe the difficulties associated with barter; Identify and describe the difficulties associated with barter; Explain why true self-sufficiency is rare; Identify the economic benefits of interdependence.
Economics on a SeeSaw
Fourth graders study economic terms. They place types of goods and wages on a sketch of a playground seesaw.
Eco the Gecko and the Story of Economics
Second graders explore the basic concepts of economics through a puppet called Eco the Gecko.
Economics Lesson Plan #2
Students work together to define key terms related to Economics. They rotate between posters as they discover new terms. They discuss how economies function.
Comparitive Economic Systems
Students research communist and third-world economic systems and compare them to that of the United States. They asses the three types of economies and determine the impact of natural resources and arable land on a nation's economy.
Focus on Economic Data: Real GDP Growth
Students examine a report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) covering an estimate of the level and growth of GDP in the U.S. For this economic data lesson, students find out what growth has taken place by reviewing the report which includes charts and graphs and then answering questions provided on an assessment and essay.
Focus on Economic Data
Students explore the root causes of inflation. In this economics lesson, students examine data about Gross Domestic Product (GDP) included in the lesson. Students also discuss inflation and unemployment statistics.
Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Employment and Unemployment Rate
Students examine the employment and unemployment rates for March 2010 as given by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In this economic data instructional activity, students review reports, determine changes from past reports, determine factors influencing change in rates and explain how the employment and unemployment rates have implications on everyone by completing an essay question provided.
Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Employment and the Unemployment Rate, May 7, 2010
Students examine The Employment Report from April 2010. In this economic data instructional activity, students review data provided and explore links to figure out the changes in U.S. employment and unemployment and what factors have influenced it by completing provided questions through assessment.
Focus on Economic Data: Employment and the Unemployment Rate, March 5, 2010
Young scholars examine data over employment and unemployment rates from February 2010. In this economic data lesson, students review information, charts, and graphs provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and use the given data to answer provided multiple choice and essay questions.
Focus on Economic Data: Employment and Unemployment Rate
Students examine the employment and unemployment rates from January 2010. In this economic data lesson plan, students review employment and unemployment rates and reports, determine changes from past reports and reviews, come up with factors that can help and hurt the rates by completing provided questions and interactive quizzes.