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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.
Eighth graders create their own newspaper and write articles about things related to the Industrial Revolution. They include five different inventions from the time period and explain how they either benefited or harmed society. They research two famous inventors from the time period and include articles about them. The write about the new tariffs that helped fund factories and analyze the pros and cons surrounding factories.
Have your class create a mural to show the sequence of steps in a production line. They label the economic resources used in the production of a product. They also get to participate in a production line and make choices regarding the resources used in the production process.
Fourth graders study the role of money in society and define how to earn an income. In this human capital lesson, 4th graders read the book Shoeshine Girl and discuss it. Students discuss various economic concepts and complete the "Earning Money" worksheet. Students then create a career exploration chart. Students then complete a productivity and income activity by making paper baskets. Students write a paragraph in a role play situation about productivity and income.
Stocks, bonds, graphs, and The Fed are only a few of the topics covered in a solid study guide. There are graphs, quotes, and visual displays to review along with 35 study questions. This is intended for an honors class, but would be useful for any class studying economics.
Students take a closer look at comparative advantage. In this economics instructional activity, students discover details about opportunity cost, comparative advantage, and absolute advantage. Students participate in a simulation that requires them to calculate comparative and absolute advantage as they engage in trade.
This 4-page worksheet on the industrial revolution asks over 40 questions on everything from economics to politics to inventions. It appears that this accompanies a specific reading; however, the corresponding text is not identified. You would want to use this as a reference, but without the correct reading, the assessment is questionable to use as is.
Students explore the idealistic expectations of the industrialists who financed and built mills in Lowell, Massachusetts. They research how the expectations of Lowell mill founders compared to the reality of life in the textile mills for the young women who comprised the factory's principal work force.