A Perfect Pet
The introduction to this lesson is a brief online story about a little girl’s visit to a pet store with her father. She considers several pets before choosing a “cute and cuddly” dog. Students are reminded that pet owners are responsible for keeping their pets safe, healthy and happy. A discussion of a pet owners desire to provide the best for their pets leads to an exploration of people’s wants. The activities that follow challenge students to explore the wants of a pet owner and their desire to provide the best for their pet fish, and then the wants of a person. The students learn that the ability to discover their wants will help them establish priorities when they are faced with scarcity. During the evaluation process, students identify some of their personal wants. As a class, they discuss why some choices are the same and others are different. They take the discussion a step further exploring how their wants compare with those of siblings and adults in their lives. They discover that age, lifestyle, likes (tastes and preferences) and what one views as important (values) help to explain the differences.
This lesson is written for K-2, 3-5 students and can be found at the following web address:
Cowboy Bob Builds a Community
A cowboy rides into a ghost town and decides that it needs to be rebuilt. Students will select the necessary things that a town needs in order for it to function and grow.
This lesson is written for 3-5 students and can be found at the following web address:
Marketplace: TV Niche News
The students listen to an audio file about brand loyalty and changing demographics as each of these factors affects competition in the news market. They identify major concepts presented in the audio file and record supporting details using an interactive flash note-taker.This lesson is appropriate for use with middle school students.
This lesson is written for 6-8, 9-12 students and can be found at the following web address:
The Five Stages of Investing
The practice of saving and investing is definitely a good thing, but there are many ways to save and invest. In thinking about the options, it is important to consider the degree of risk involved and the potential for return. Typically, the higher the risk, the higher the potential return. The key is to work up to the riskier investments, where you stand to earn the most money, but only after you've successfully established some safer holdings. This lesson walks students through the stages of investing, demonstrating why that sort of sequential order is important. At the end of the lesson, students are asked to serve as financial advisors and give advice to people considering investments at different stages of the investment ladder.
This lesson is written for 9-12 students and can be found at the following web address: