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Students investigate early mass production in various industries, and then create presentation posters outlining how a typical 19th-century factory, mill or refinery worked.
Twelfth graders become aware of the environmental, social and economic issues related to the production of blue jeans. They explore the relationship between individual clothing choices as well as global issues. In addition, they summarize the conditions under which textile items are manufactured.
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the Constitution, natural resources, economics, and more. Students complete 25 multiple choice questions.
Teens explore economics by listening to a labor history lecture and an excerpt from Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy. A detailed outline is provided for the lecture, along with follow up and assessment questions. In groups, they discuss how a theoretical situation might be governed in 1890 and in 1990. This is a though-provoking lesson that could be used seasonally around Labor Day.
Eighth graders explore what life was like for Fort Wayne's "industrial girls." For this industrialization lesson, 8th graders discuss the conditions that the Indiana factory girls worked in as well as their backgrounds. Students also investigate health risks, gender bias, and the long hours the girls worked. Students research the activism of the factory girls and share their findings with their classmates.
What happens to seasonal manufacturing in the off-season? Scholars examine this peak production phenomenon and interview local businesspeople to learn more about the effects. Watch the five-minute video to introduce the lesson; it is a case study on a Peeps factory and exemplifies the concepts in a clear and concise way. There are discussion questions, background information, a printable interview guide, and innovative extension ideas included. 
Students examine and discuss current social and economic conditions in Russia. They read a story, apply the five themes of geography to Russia, analyze maps, complete a Venn diagram, and write journal responses.
Students are introduced to the basics of economics: supply/demand, resources, labor, goods and services, etc. They design a new toy and complete a project that simulates the development of a toy business.
Students examine the philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. In this political activity students analyze the philosophies of two prominent African Americans in history. They look to see who's strategy for equal economic and political rights for African Americas was more appropriate.
Students participate in an interactive activity to determine where their clothers were made. They examine the lives of children from Latin America who harvest crops in the fields or manufacture apparel in factories.
To study circular flow, learners use the plans to trace through a series of interconnected economic and financial flows to explain the workings of the American economy. They use the model developed to comprehend the effects of Federal Reserve monetary policy. Students describe the several parts of sectors of the U.S. economic system and explain how each is related to the others.
Students examine the global economy. In this economics lesson, students participate in reading and research activities about gross domestic product, consumer prices, inflation, consumer price index, industrial production, and unemployment rates in the global marketplace. Students examine the global economic crisis of 2008 as they conduct further research on the economies of selected nations.
Students read and discuss the article "In Gaza, a Prototype of Peace Via Trade", examine how economic pressures can affect political policy, and explain the significance of the opening of an Industrial Park in the Gaza Strip.
Help your class understand the free enterprise system by developing a content specific vocabulary and engaging in a role play excercise. They make products to sell in a fictitious factory they create as a way to earn money for a charity.They make posters for their sale and take turns selling their goods in front of the class. This is a three-week project and totally worth the time.
Students investigate the cultivation and marketing of coffee. In this global studies lesson, students consider the connections of the 21st century world as they explore how coffee makes it from farms to their homes. Students consider the economic impact of the food chain as well as the workers in developing countries.
Eighth graders analyze primary source documents emphasizing young people in factory labor (mill workers during 1840-1860). They study hours of labor, ages of laborers, reasons for working, and working conditions. They write a poem or song.
Seventh graders research the political, societal, and economic factors of World War I, World War II, and the 2001 war against terrorism. They participate in class discussions, write journal entries, and conduct Internet research. Students then complete a matrix on the three events and write a comparison of the three wars.
Learners identify productive resources. In this economics lesson, students read the book Charlie Needs a Cloak and discuss productive resources the character used in the book. Learners participate in a simulated factory production activity.
Students explore types of financial institutions.  In this Consumer Math/Economics lesson, students investigate the functions and services of different types of financial institutions and how thy work for individuals and businesses.  
Seventh graders investigate the different economies of Asia. In this economics instructional activity, 7th graders study the economy, environment, cooperation and conflicts that surround Asia and determine if this the best location for an American business.

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