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Who fixes the swings at the park? The class creates a community bulletin board to explore the goods and services provided for their community in both the private and government sectors. They discuss taxes, consumers' wants and needs, and community cost benefits.
Fifth graders investigate the connection between taxes and government services.  In this economics lesson, 5th graders discuss the process and benefits of paying sales and income taxes.  Using calculators, students compute the amount of tax paid based on the percentage.  Students list the variety of goods and services provided by the government that assist everyday people, and discuss what life would be like without those services.
Go back to the year 2002 and analyze data trends related to international trade of goods and services. Great data and background information are provided. Learners use this to answer five critical analysis questions. Tip: Since data is from 11 years ago, why not conduct a comparative analysis with economic data from then and today?
Bring economics home and have your class identify public goods and services that they or their families use. They discuss the difference between public goods and services and private goods and services. Pupils brainstorm a list of goods and a list of services that they or their families use and they are recorded into a two-column chart.
Fifth graders examine the impact of Benjamin Franklin's ideas on the goods and services available in Colonial America as well as analyze the importance of Franklin to modern society. While listening to "How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning", they complete a provided worksheet then work in groups to create a museum exhibit about Franklin's contributions to modern day goods and services.
Second graders investigate how different jobs produce goods and services. To show evidence of their learning, 2nd graders complete a graphic organizer illustrating three jobs and the goods and services they produce.
Students explore the concept of goods and services. In this economics lesson, students examine the difference between people who produce goods and people who provide services. Students play a goods and services game to review the lesson.
Students examine the production of goods and services and the development of economic systems. After discovering how scarcity drives production, they identify people in their communities who produce goods and services. Next, students create collages of goods and services from the past up to the present.
Learners use newspapers to brainstorm a list of the producers of goods and services in their community. In groups, they organize coupons based on the good or service and create a chart to organize the information. They discuss the producers impact on the economy.
Students examine the local economy. In this economics instructional activity, students research the goods and services that local businesses provide and design brochures to promote the businesses in their community.
Students discuss physical and human characteristics and list examples. After identifying government goods and services provided to the community, they locate examples of each located near their school. Based on their discoveries, students chart them on a map drawing icons or pictures to identify those characteristics and government-provided goods and services.
Students identify the public goods and services available to them in their community. In groups, they evaluate how each service meets the needs of the people and write a summary. They share this information with the class along with possible solutions to provide their community with better resources.
Students sort pictures into groups. In this goods and services lesson, students are given a set of pictures which they must sort into categories. Students label their categories and state why the pictures are in their respective categories. Students sort their pictures again into goods and services and discuss the final sorting.
Second graders explore producers and consumers. In this social studies lesson, 2nd graders read a story and discuss the concept of producers, consumers, goods and services. Students portray various roles and discuss if they are a producer or a consumer.
First graders conduct research into the concepts of goods and services. The information is used in order to create a definition for each concept. Then the information is organized using the scavenger hunt format. Further extension to the lesson is finding related careers.
There is a huge difference between public and private goods. Learners discuss, define, and take an interactive quiz to understand private and public economic sectors. They brainstorm a list of goods and services then label them as private or public. Multiple resource links are included.
Students consider goods and services that might be at the base of successful Web-based delivery services geared to students their age while they are in school. They act as entrepreneurs to develop plans for such services and create advertisements.
Second graders explore financial decision making. In this introductory economics lesson, 2nd graders listen to the book Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst, and discuss making financial choices based on wants and needs. Students sort cards separating "goods" and "services", and develop savings plans.
Fourth graders become familiar with the ways people exchange goods and services. In this spending money lesson, 4th graders listen to a chapter from Henry and Beezus and record Henry's earnings and money spent. Students use correct vocabulary to discuss and record Henry's lending and spending practices.
Students explore how workers, both today and in colonial times, worked within their societies to produce specialized goods and services and became interdependent. They explain how people became less self sufficient in their economic lives as they became more specialized.

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